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      Joel Steiger

      Joel Steiger

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      Birthday: Mar 11, 1942

      Birthplace: New York City, New York USA

      Joel Steiger loves a good mystery. A prolific writer and producer, he's worked on almost every major mystery and crime drama of the '80s and '90s, including "Matlock" and "Diagnosis Murder." Steiger started out as a writer-for-hire on prime-time soaps like "Dynasty" and "Knots Landing." After meeting fellow writer and producer Dean Hargrove on the action mystery series "Scarecrow and Mrs. King," Steiger would become a key figure in Hargrove's close-knit circle of writers and directors. During the late '80s, Steiger wrote and produced the popular "Perry Mason" series of TV movies, based on the courtroom drama starring Raymond Burr, and he helped Hargrove create "Jake and the Fatman," about the difficult relationship between a hard-nosed L.A. district attorney (William Conrad) and his easygoing investigative partner, Jake Styles (Joe Penny). Between 1986 and 1995, Steiger wrote and produced over 50 episodes of "Matlock" and served as a main staff writer on "Father Dowling Mysteries," about a Catholic priest (Tom Bosley) with a knack for discovering criminal activity. He later wrote and produced the "Jake and the Fatman" spin-off series, "Diagnosis Murder," with Dick Van Dyke playing a spry doctor who helps the police solve tough cases, and the TV movie sequel, "A Town Without Pity." Joel Steiger died on March 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 79.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity Writer - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gramps Executive Producer - 1995
      No Score Yet 20% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle Executive Producer - 1994
      No Score Yet 33% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor Executive Producer - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Kidnapping Executive Producer - 1994
      No Score Yet 25% Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo Executive Producer - 1992
      No Score Yet 50% Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun Screenwriter - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diary of a Perfect Murder Producer - 1986

      TV

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      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Writer 1997 2000-2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Executive Producer,
      Producer,
      Writer
      1986-1987 1989-1990 1992-1993 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Executive Producer 1990-1992