Richard Alan Simmons


Richard Alan Simmons (October 11, 1924 – November 13, 2004) was a Canadian-American screenwriter.

Simmons was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. After the war, he graduated from the University of Toronto and then moved to California for a job with NBC radio, writing news and radio dramas. He moved into movies.[1]

He wrote the 1961 TV script for "The Price of Tomatoes" episode on "The Dick Powell Show," which was nominated for a writing Emmy and won an Emmy for star Peter Falk.[2]

He was survived by his wife of 53 years, Emily; three children and three grandchildren.[3]

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  1. ^ Passings; Richard Simmons, 80; Writer and Producer in Early Days of Television Los Angeles Times 20 Nov 2004: B.19.
  2. ^ The TV Scene: Choice Grist of the Writing Mills Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times 5 Dec 1961: A14.
  3. ^ Obituaries: Richard Alan Simmons. Variety; Los Angeles Vol. 397, Iss. 1, (Nov 22-Nov 28, 2004): 74.

External linksEdit

  • Richard Alan Simmons at IMDb