Prolific screen and television writer John Furia Jr, who penned popular series including "Bonanza," "The Waltons," and "Hawaii Five-O" among many others, has died. He was 79.
The cause or exact time of death could not immediately be determined.
Furia, a former president of the Writers Guild of America West, was a longtime advocate for Hollywood writers.
He was also a founding chairman of University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television Writing Division and was a full professor there teaching screen and television writing.