RARA-AVIS: Howard Browne obit

William Denton (buff@pobox.com)
Fri, 5 Nov 1999 11:30:56 -0500 (EST)

>From the LA Times' web site (no mention of the Paul Pine books). He died
on 28 October.

               Howard Browne; Movie and TV Screenwriter

Howard Browne, 92, a movie and television screenwriter, novelist and screenwriting teacher at UC San Diego. Born in Omaha, the son of a bakery owner, Browne dropped out of high school and rode the rails to Chicago in the Roaring '20s. He was a legman for a local newspaper before getting a job as a department store credit manager. He turned to pulp fiction writing in 1939 in "an effort to escape from a 9 to 5 desk job." In 1941 he became a magazine editor at Ziff-Davis publishing and stayed in that position while writing novels both under his name and the pseudonym John Evans. Some years ago, a Times reporter characterized Browne's writing as "spare, with hard-bitten women, guys with guilty secrets and dialogue that crackles like your hair during a Santa Ana windstorm." In Hollywood, Browne wrote the screenplays for several gangster films, including "Capone," "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" and "Portrait of a Mobster." For television, he wrote scripts for "Columbo," "Mannix," "77 Sunset Strip," "The Fugitive" and "Mission: Impossible."


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