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Also Known As: Died: April 24, 1998
Born: February 3, 1924 Cause of Death: complications of emergency angioplasty
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: director, playwright, producer, screenwriter, attendant in a psychiatric hospital, TIME magazine copy boy, hotel night clerk

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Leith Stevens built up his entertainment career by putting his musical skills to use in the world of Hollywood. Stevens began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the musical "Night Song" (1947) with Dana Andrews, the dramatic adaptation "All My Sons" (1948) with Edward G Robinson and "Larceny" (1948). His music also appeared in "Not Wanted" (1949). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Destination Moon" in 1950. . In the fifties, Stevens's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like "The Treasure of Pancho Villa" (1955) with Rory Calhoun, the Milton Rice sci-fi picture "World Without End" (1955) and the Tom Tryon crime feature "The Scarlet Hour" (1956). Stevens was nominated for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Julie" in 1956 as well as for a Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture) Academy Award for "The Five Pennies" in 1959. Stevens's music was also featured in "Man-Trap" (1961) with Jeffrey Hunter and "The Interns" (1962). Stevens was most recently credited in the adventure "Explorers" (1985) with Ethan Hawke. Stevens was nominated for an Academy Award for "A New Kind of Love" in 1963. Soon after receiving his award, he went...

Leith Stevens built up his entertainment career by putting his musical skills to use in the world of Hollywood. Stevens began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the musical "Night Song" (1947) with Dana Andrews, the dramatic adaptation "All My Sons" (1948) with Edward G Robinson and "Larceny" (1948). His music also appeared in "Not Wanted" (1949). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Destination Moon" in 1950. . In the fifties, Stevens's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like "The Treasure of Pancho Villa" (1955) with Rory Calhoun, the Milton Rice sci-fi picture "World Without End" (1955) and the Tom Tryon crime feature "The Scarlet Hour" (1956). Stevens was nominated for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Julie" in 1956 as well as for a Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture) Academy Award for "The Five Pennies" in 1959. Stevens's music was also featured in "Man-Trap" (1961) with Jeffrey Hunter and "The Interns" (1962). Stevens was most recently credited in the adventure "Explorers" (1985) with Ethan Hawke. Stevens was nominated for an Academy Award for "A New Kind of Love" in 1963. Soon after receiving his award, he went on to write songs which would be featured in the adventurous drama "The Night of the Grizzly" (1966) with Clint Walker. Stevens passed away in July 1970 at the age of 61.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Three Kinds of Heat (1987) Director
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  Search (1972) Creator
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  Incubus (1965)
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  Hero's Island (1962) Director
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  Private Property (1960) Director

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1939:
Won a high school playwriting contest earning a ticket to Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre; sold Welles his play "The Mechanical Rat" at age 15
1942:
Joined the US Air Corps and served as an officer
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Studied at Yale Drama School and the American Theatre Wing after World War II
1953:
Had his Off-Broadway debut with "Bullfight"
1958:
Had a successful Broadway run with the romantic comedy "Marriage-Go-Round", starring Charles Boyer and Claudette Colbert
1958:
Wrote, co-produced and directed his first film "Private Property"; met his first wife Kate Manx
1958:
Wrote the Paul Newman Western drama "The Left-Handed Gun"
1960:
Adapted his play "Marriage-Go-Round" into a film starring Susan Hayward and James Mason
1962:
Worked as executive producer on the NBC Western "The Virginian"
1962:
Wrote the action film "Heroes Island" starring James Mason
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Co-created, directed, wrote and produced the sci-fi anthology TV series "The Outer Limits" (ABC)
1965:
Directed and wrote the horror film "Incubus", featuring Esperanto dialogue
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Produced and wrote the Robert Wagner adventure series "It Takes A Thief" (ABC)
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Produced and wrote "Name of the Game" (NBC), a crime-drama series with Gene Barry and Tony Franciosa
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Produced and wrote NBC's "McCloud" starring Dennis Weaver
1972:
Produced and wrote the NBC movie "Search" and its subsequent series
1976:
Produced and wrote the TV-movie "The Gemini Man" (NBC) and its subsequent sci-fi adventure series
1977:
Produced and wrote the mystery TV-movie "Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model?" (NBC)
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Was surpervising producer on the ABC sci-fi adventure series "Battlestar Galactica"
1979:
Wrote the film "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" and acted as supervising producer on the 1979-1980 NBC TV series
1980:
Formed Empress Productions with Los Angeles Rams owner Georgia Frontiere, producing plays for the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
1984:
Wrote the jungle queen film "Sheena" starring Tanya Roberts
1988:
Was supervising producer on NBC's action adventure series "The Highwayman"
1991:
Established the Leslie Stevens Fellowships for Television Writing to encourage new talent
1991:
Wrote the film "Return to the Blue Lagoon"
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Was a program consultant on Showtime's new version of "The Outer Limits"
1994:
Produced and wrote the family comedy feature "Gordy"
1996:
Produced and wrote the syndicated TV-movie "Tarzan's Return"
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Education

School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

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wife:
Kate Manx. Actor. Committed suicide after their divorce.
wife:
Shakti Chen Stevens. Survived him.

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father:
Leslie C Stevens. Navy vice admiral.
son:
Leslie Stevens V. Born in 1962; mother, Kate Manx.
son:
Steven Stevens.
daughter:
Dana Stevens.
daughter:
Sunday Stevens.
daughter:
Samantha Stevens.
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