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George Clayton Johnson Dies At 86

Writer penned the 1966 'Star Trek' episode 'The Man Trap'

George Clayton Johnson, whose episode "The Man Trap" marked the television debut of "Star Trek" on Sept. 8, 1966, has died. He was 86.

Johnson died of cancer in Los Angeles on Friday, according to his son, Paul B. Johnson, who confirmed his death to The Associated Press after earlier reports this week proved incorrect.

Building an extensive writing resume during his career, Johnson became involved in television early on. He wrote eight stories for “The Twilight Zone,” including the classic episodes "Kick the Can" and "A Game of Pool."

In addition, he penned scripts for "Kung Fu," "Route 66," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Honey West," "Mr. Novak," "The Law and Mr. Jones" and "Wanted: Dead or Alive."

He also wrote the story for the 1960 film “Ocean’s 11” and co-authored the 1967 novel “Logan’s Run,” which was adapted into a film and television series in the '70s.

Numerous short stories, poems and essays were also written by Johnson.

Along with "The Man Trap," he wrote two other proposed stories for "Star Trek," but neither were developed.

Source: The Associated Press


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