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Stephen J. Cannell: 1941-2010. I don’t want my kids to become Hollywood brats, the TV titan told us

Yet another major Hollywood talent has left us, this one a rare commodity in that town: A down-to-earth family man who, despite his nine-figure fortune, raised his children to be humble, hard-working people.

Prolific TV writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell passed away at his home in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday from complications associated with melanoma. He was 69 years old.

CAPTION: "They're just cogs in the wheel and working very hard and it's working for them," Stephen (above) told us of his beloved children.

"They're just cogs in the wheel and working very hard and it's working for them," Stephen (above) told us of his three beloved children.

During a career that spanned four decades, Stephen created, produced, wrote and often acted in a slew of popular TV series, including Adam-12, Baretta, The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Wiseguy and 21 Jump Street.

His writing credits exceed 450 TV episodes, while his producing and executive producing credits exceed 1,500.

In 1995, Stephen founded his own studio, and five years later began writing novels. Among his most popular books were those featuring the character of Shane Scully, an LAPD detective.

Most recently, Stephen played himself on the hit ABC series Castle. It was on the occasion of one of those cameos that he chatted with our TV Talk host, Shaun Daily.

During the confab, Shaun Continue reading