William Blinn, ‘Brian’s Song’ and ‘Roots’ screenwriter, dead at 83

William Blinn, ‘Brian’s Song’ and ‘Roots’ screenwriter, dead at 83
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William Blinn, ‘Brian’s Song’ and ‘Roots’ screenwriter, dead at 83

William Blinn, ‘Brian’s Track’ and ‘Roots’ screenwriter, useless at 83


William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV initiatives “Brian’s Track” and “Roots” and the Prince movie “Purple Rain,” has died. He was 83.

Blinn died Thursday of pure causes at an aiding residing group in Burbank, California, his daughter, Anneliese Johnson, stated Saturday.

He received Emmy and Peabody honors for the 1971 TV film “Brian’s Track,” which dramatized the friendship of Chicago Bears gamers Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. It was successful when it aired and is a permanent favourite with sports activities followers and critics.

Final month, Corridor of Fame operating again Sayers died at age 77.

Blinn’s work on “Roots,” the blockbuster 1977 miniseries tailored from Alex Haley’s e-book about his African American ancestors in slavery and freedom, received an Emmy and a Humanitas Prize.

“He was a grasp of his artwork and a gentleman of the primary order. Relaxation simple, my pal,” actor Jim Beaver (“Deadwood,” “Supernatural”) posted on Twitter.

Johnson described her father as a “pioneer who went in opposition to the grain and wrote and created what he felt. … He needed to create what actually felt natural and genuine. He by no means acquiesced to the business.”

Blinn was modest about his accomplishments and the accolades he obtained, she stated, with a “humble, grounded view of life” that he imparted to his household.

A local of Toledo, Ohio, Blinn’s early TV credit included the Sixties exhibits “Rawhide,” “Bonnaza” and “My Favourite Martian.” He went on to create and produce exhibits, amongst them “Starsky & Hutch,” “The Rookies” and “Pensacola: Wings of Gold,” in a profession that spanned 5 a long time.

“Brian’s Track,” starring James Caan as Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Sayers, portrayed the 2 bonding once they turned roommates on the highway, uncommon on the time for Black and white gamers. They drew nearer when Piccolo was recognized with most cancers that proved terminal in 1970.

Blinn and Albert Magnoli wrote 1984′s “Purple Rain,” which Magnoli directed.

In addition to his daughter, Blinn’s survivors embrace his son, Chris, and his grandchildren.

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