Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Don Brinkley, Famed TV Producer and Christie’s Dad, Dies


Christie Brinkley’s father, Don Brinkley, the famous and legendary television producer and writer, died yesterday. He was 91 years old. Don Brinkley co created and produced “Medical Center” with Chad Everett in the 60s and 70s, and “Trapper John MD” in the 80s. He wrote over 400 teleplays for such classic and long running shows as “The Untouchables,” “The Fugitive,” “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “Kraft Suspense Theatre,” “The FBI,” “The Virginian,” “Ben Casey,” “Bat Masterson,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Rawhide,” “Ironside,” “The Name of the Game,” and others. You can look at his credits in awe: there was almost no TV in the 1960s that didn’t have Don Brinkley’s name on it.

Don Brinkley was married to Christie’s mom, Marge,  for 55 years. He adopted Christie when they married, and she considered him her father. For most of their marriage, the Brinkleys

divided their time between Hawaii and Beverly Hills. But in the last few years, Christie moved them out to Sag Harbor, Long Island, so she could take care of them. Don Brinkley is also survived by Christie’s brother, Gregory, an innovative nutritionist, and several grandchildren including Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Christie and Billy Joel. Condolences to Christie and her family. Her parents’ story is one of the rare ones in Hollywood–a great marriage, family, and lots of good work of which to be proud. It’s a grand legacy.



Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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