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May 22, 2012

Stephen Lord, Writer with Hundreds of Credits

Lord, who worked steadily for four decades, penned episodes of several classic series, from Bonanza to Fantasy Island.

Stephen Lord, a television writer whose career spanned more than 40 years, died May 5, 2012, in Sherman Oaks, California. He was 85.

He was born Stephen Loyacano on December 14, 1926, in New Orleans. In his teens he was a bandleader in his hometown.

Over the course of his career, Lord logged more than 200 credits.

Shows he wrote for included Johnny Ringo, Bonanza, Daniel Boone, Death Valley Days, The Virginian, Ellery Queen, McCloud, T.J. Hooker, The Outer Limits, They Came From Outer Space, CHiPs and Fantasy Island. His final credit was a 1993 episode of Matlock.

His feature films included Hangar 18 and The Fall of the House of Usher.

Lord also was active in Hollywood unions for years, working with the WGA and DGA.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters and a granddaughter.

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