Philip Saltzman, 80, a TV writer and producer best known for his work on the detective drama "Barnaby Jones," died in his sleep Aug. 14 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House in Woodland Hills, according to his wife, Caroline.
Saltzman was executive producer of the 1970s TV series "Barnaby Jones," starring Buddy Ebsen. He was also a producer on "The F.B.I." and "Columbo," as well as the 1975 TV movie "Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan."
He began his Hollywood career in the late 1950s as a writer on the TV anthology "Alcoa Theatre."
He went on to write scripts for "The Rifleman," "The Third Man," "Perry Mason," "The Fugitive" and "Felony Squad," among others.
Born in Hermosillo, Mexico, to Russian immigrant parents, he moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was a child. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from UCLA.