May 28, 1920
Brooklyn, NY, United States
|Died||November 15, 1999 (aged 79)|
|Occupation||Writer, producer, director|
Eugene Levitt (May 28, 1920 – November 15, 1999) was an American television writer, producer and director.
Levitt was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Charles and Teresa Levitt. He had an older sister, Betty Ruth. His mother died when Gene was about 12 years old. Levitt attended the University of Wyoming. Following graduation he moved to Chicago where he worked as a newspaper reporter until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.
Levitt was a writer for many television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including Highway Patrol, Maverick, Adventures in Paradise and Combat!. He moved to directing in the 1970s, working on series such as Alias Smith and Jones and McCloud. His most significant achievement was the creation of the television series Fantasy Island, starring Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize. The show ran for over six years.
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