Longtime television producer Joel Rogosin, whose credits include “77 Sunset Strip,” “Magnum, P.I.” and “Knight Rider,” has died of coronavirus complications at the Motion Picture and Television Retirement Fund home in Woodland Hills, MPTF officials announced Wednesday.
He died Tuesday at the age of 87.
Rogosin is the fifth MPTF resident to die from COVID-19 complications.
Longtime character actor Allen Garfield, whose film work included memorable roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” in 1973 and Robert Altman’s “Nashville” in 1975, died at the home on April 7. He was 80.
Disney animator Ann Sullivan, 91, died at the MPTF facility in April.
“If you’re a Baby Boomer like me, maybe even from the Greatest Generation, and watched a lot of TV in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, you’d hear this name and think to yourself, `Gee, that sounds familiar? Where do I know it from?’ MPTF president & CEO Bob Beitcher told The Wrap. “That’s what happened to me when I first met Joel Rogosin on the Motion Picture campus right around this time in 2013. Well, you might have known his name from `The Virginian’ and `77 Sunset Strip’ in the ’60s, or `Ironside’ and `The Blue Knight’ in the ’70s, or `Magnum, P.I.’ and `Knight Rider’ in the ’80s, where you would have seen a writer and producer credit for Joel Rogosin at the end of an episode.”
“They didn’t call them showrunners back then, but back in the days of three networks and nothing else they were the backbone of the TV industry,” Beitcher added.