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Peter S. Fischer, Who Helped Create ‘Homicide, She Wrote,’ Dies at 88

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Peter fell in love with studying at a younger age and began writing brief tales as a boy. He wrote performs in highschool and at Johns Hopkins College, the place he studied in a division dedicated to writing, speech and drama, graduating with a bachelor’s diploma in 1956.

He married Lucille Warnock in 1957.

Mr. Fischer didn’t turn out to be a full-time author immediately; as a substitute he made a residing in junk mail, as an insurance coverage investigator and as a commerce journal editor. He additionally printed a month-to-month journal, Sports activities Automotive Information, out of his home in Smithtown, N.Y., on Lengthy Island.

At 35, he obtained his screenwriting break. He had written a script a few dystopian future through which {couples} are permitted just one little one and folks over 65 are denied medical care. With assist from his brother, Geoffrey, a casting director at Common Tv, the script discovered its approach to the producer Aaron Spelling and was made into an ABC film, “The Last Child” (1971), with Michael Cole and Janet Margolin as a pair who’re keen to defy the legislation to have a second little one after the demise of their firstborn.

He then wrote episodes of a number of Common collection, together with “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Legislation,” “Kojak,” “Baretta” and “Columbo,” for which he additionally labored as a narrative editor.

Three reveals Mr. Fischer created or co-created had brief runs: “The Eddie Capra Mysteries” (1978), starring Vincent Baggetta as a lawyer; “The Legislation & Harry McGraw” (1987), a by-product of “Homicide, She Wrote” starring Jerry Orbach as a non-public investigator; and “Blacke’s Magic” (1986), starring Hal Linden — the collaboration with Mr. Hyperlink and Mr. Levinson that CBS didn’t need. (It ended up on NBC.)

Along with his grandson, Mr. Fischer is survived by his daughter, Megan McElrath; 4 different grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his half sisters, Paula Shorts and Stephanie Donnelly; and his half brother, Stephen Fischer. His spouse died in 2017. His sons additionally died earlier than him — Stephen in 2014, Christopher in 2020.