Obituary: Richard Neil Morgan (1931-2008)

March 4, 2008

Richard Neil Morgan, a prolific TV writer from the ’50s through the ’80s, died on February 2.  Morgan was a classic journeyman writer, gravitating toward westerns, cop shows, and other action series.  I’ve seen his FBI, most of his Adam-12s, and all of his Riverboats.  Judging from my notes, it’s very bread-and-butter fare – neither the worst episodes of those shows nor the best.  Here’s a paid obit from the Daily Breeze (a local paper covering L.A.’s “South Bay” area):

Dick Morgan, age 76 passed away peacefully on February 2, 2008 after a lengthy illness. He was born April 24, 1931 in Amarillo, Texas, but came to live in the South Bay as a small boy and resided there his entire life. Dick had a long and exciting career working as a writer for the Television Industry. He started his career at age 19 in the early days of live television. He became a member of the Writers Guild of America and went on to accumulate almost 200 onscreen creative credits including special effects on such shows as Space Patrol, Cimarron City, Riverboat, Tales of Wells Fargo, Dragnet, The FBI, Adam 12, Trapper John, Barney Miller, Mission Impossible, and the original Land of the Lost series just to name a few. It gave him great pride to be the inspiration for his nephew Greg to become a Film maker. Being such a creative and talented man, he was also a very accomplished Photographer and Acrylic Artist. We would best describe him by saying, “Dick marched to the beat of his own drum”. He will be missed by all who loved him. Dick was predeceased in death by his father, William Morgan and his mother, Ruth Howard. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Bonnie Rios and Kelly Morgan; brother, Quentin (Linda) Morgan; sisters, Brenda Morgan, Michele (Pete) Kukiela; and nephews, Greg (Jeanne) Morgan, Scott Meek, Jared Duncan; and nieces, Christina (Ken) Miner, Jenna Duncan, Julia Kukiela; five great nieces and nephews; and his dear friends, John Hassig, Maira Padilla and Evelyn Diaz, who he thought of as family. No services were held at his request. Please sign the guest book at

2 Responses to “Obituary: Richard Neil Morgan (1931-2008)”

  1. […] dramatic writer, usually with wife Judith (Kraft Suspense Theater, The Man Who Never Was). Feb 2: Richard Neil Morgan, adventure/crime specialist (Riverboat, Dragnet). Feb 12: Oscar Brodney, veteran screenwriter […]

  2. Terry Smith Says:

    Just discovered he died today, Wed., Nov. 4, ’09. I knew Dick in the 50’s and 60’s. Great sense of humor. I remember going with him to the studio when he was doing Riverboat. He tutored me in TV writing, but I didn’t have his ability.

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