author of the book, "The Golden Years of Broadcasting", the
50 years of NBC. He was the author of 27 novels, 19 of which were
mysteries; 14 screenplays; 4 stage plays; and wrote the scripts for 10
television series, including “Born Free,”
“Maverick” and “Marcus Welby,
Mr. Campbell had already been nominated for an Academy Award for “The Man With a Thousand Faces,” which is still a late-night favorite, when he decided to turn to fiction writing. His first novel, completed during a writers’ strike in Hollywood, was The Spy Who Sat and Waited, which was nominated for a National Book Award in 1976.
The first of his beloved Jimmy Flannery novels, The Junkyard Dog, appeared in 1986 and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1987. He went on to do the Whistler suspense series, beginning with In La-La Land We Trust, getting credit for coining “La-La Land” for Southern California. Its sequel, Alice In La-La Land, was nominated for the PEN Award in 1988. Where Pigeons Go To Die, a novel that first appeared in 1978, became a well-received Hallmark Hall of Fame film, produced, directed by and starring Michael Landon (it would be his last film appearance) and has become a holiday perennial.
Robert Campbell died in 2000.