Los Angeles -- Coles Trapnell, who wrote and produced the early “Maverick” TV series and edited “Four Star Playhouse,” died Friday in Los Angeles of coronary thrombosis. He was 88.
Mr. Trapnell joined RKO as a reader in 1936 and soon after became a story editor and associate producer at 20th Century-Fox.
“Four Star Playhouse,” which was telecast first in 1954, was a dramatic series that starred Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, Dick Powell and David Niven. Mr Trapnell was with the show until it closed in 1956.
Mr. Trapnell wrote and produced the “Maverick” cowboy series from 1959 to 1962 and later wrote for the series “Lawman” and “Yancy Derringer.” He also wrote a how-to book for screenwriters titled “Teleplay.”
He was a story editor for Universal Studios from 1962 until his retirement in 1975.
Mr. Trapnell is survived by his daughters, Sarah Trapnell Byrne of Palo Alto and Jane Trapnell Marino of New York; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.