Gene Levitt

Eugene Levitt (May 28, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York – November 15, 1999 in Los Angeles, California) was an American television writer, producer and director.[3]

Gene Levitt
Eugene Levitt

(1920-05-28)May 28, 1920
Brooklyn, NY, United States [1]
DiedNovember 15, 1999(1999-11-15) (aged 79)
OccupationWriter, producer, director


Levitt's parents were Charles and Teresa Levitt. He had an older sister, Betty Ruth. His mother died when Gene was about 12 years old. Levitt later attended the University of Wyoming. Following graduation he moved to Chicago where he worked as a newspaper reporter until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.

In the 1940s, Levitt wrote for radio programs, including The Adventures of Philip Marlowe.[4]

Levitt was a writer for many television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including Highway Patrol, Maverick, Adventures in Paradise and Combat!. He moved to directing in the 1970s, working on series such as Alias Smith and Jones and McCloud. His most significant achievement was the creation of the television series Fantasy Island, starring Ricardo Montalban and a dwarf, Herve Villechaize. The show ran for over six years.[5]

In addition to Fantasy Island, Levitt assisted in the writing, production, and directing of Hawaii-Five-O and Alias Smith and Jones.[5]

He died of prostate cancer.[6]


  1. Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 1999: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. 2008-10-24. ISBN 9780786452040.
  3. "Gene Levitt". The New York Times.
  4. Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 13.
  5. "Obituary: Gene Levitt". The Independent. 1999-11-26. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  6. New York Times

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