Earl Hamner Jr.


Earl Hamner Jr. Famous memorial

Schuyler, Nelson County, Virginia, USA
Death 24 Mar 2016 (aged 92)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Cenotaph Schuyler, Nelson County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 160085899 View Source

Screenwriter, Producer. He was an American television writer and producer (sometimes credited as Earl Hamner), best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s on the long-running CBS series The Waltons and Falcon Crest. As a novelist, he was best known for Spencer's Mountain, which was inspired by his own childhood and formed the basis for both the film of the same name and the television series The Waltons, for which he provided voice-over narration. In 1954, Hamner wrote “Hit and Run”, an episode of the NBC legal drama Justice, in which guest star E.G. Marshall played a man haunted for his crime of striking a newsboy on a bicycle and fleeing the scene of the accident. He reprised the theme in the 1964 "You Drive" episode of The Twilight Zone. Hamner contributed with eight episodes, in the early 1960s, to the CBS science fiction series The Twilight Zone. His first script acceptance for the series was his big writing break in Hollywood. He also wrote or co-wrote eight episodes of the CBS animal series Gentle Ben (1967-1969) and four episodes of the ABC sitcom Nanny and the Professor (1970). He created two less successful series, Apple's Way (1974–1975) and Boone (1983–1984). Hamner used family names to title his projects: Spencer (Spencers Mountain) is the maiden name of his paternal grandmother Susan Henry Spencer Hamner. The Waltons derives from his paternal grandfather Walter Clifton Hamner and great-grandfather Walter Leland Hamner.

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  • Originally Created by: David & Tammy (Mull) Hall
  • Added: 27 Mar 2016
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Earl Hamner Jr. (10 Jul 1923–24 Mar 2016), Find a Grave Memorial ID 160085899, citing Hamner Family Cemetery, Schuyler, Nelson County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .