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Dean Riesner (November 3, 1918, New Rochelle, New York – August 18, 2002, Encino, California) was an American film and television writer.

Riesner's father, Charles Reisner, was a German American silent film director, and Dean began acting in films at the age of five as "Dinky Dean". His most notable role was in Charlie Chaplin's 1923 film The Pilgrim. His career at this young age ended because his mother wanted her son to have a real childhood. As an adult, his first job in films was as a co-writer of the 1939 Ronald Reagan movie Code of the Secret Service.

Riesner won an Oscar for directing Bill and Coo (1948), a feature film with a cast of real birds, costumed as humans, acting on the world's smallest film set.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Riesner worked primarily in television, including writing for Rawhide and the "Tourist Attraction" episode of The Outer Limits, although he occasionally contributed to feature films like The Helen Morgan Story. In 1968 he landed a job working on the Clint Eastwood action film Coogan's Bluff, and this in turn would lead to him writing several other Eastwood features throughout the 1970s. Riesner helped pen the screenplays for two Eastwood films in 1971, Play Misty for Me and the original Dirty Harry. In 1973 he provided an uncredited rewrite for High Plains Drifter, and in 1976 he was one of the writers to draft The Enforcer, the third Dirty Harry thriller. That same year he provided the teleplay for NBC's highly rated miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, starring Nick Nolte. In 1979 he wrote an early draft screenplay for The Godfather Part III, but his script was discarded when Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo finally agreed to collaborate on a third entry in the series.

Riesner continued to write into the 1980s, though most of his work from that period went uncredited. Those films include Das Boot, The Sting II, and Starman.

Riesner died in 2002 of natural causes. He had been married to actress Maila Nurmi, better known as the horror hostess Vampira.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dean Riesner (November 3, 1918, New Rochelle, New York – August 18, 2002, Encino, California) was an American film and television writer.

Riesner's father, Charles Reisner, was a German American silent film director, and Dean began acting in films at the age of five as "Dinky Dean". His most notable role was in Charlie Chaplin's 1923 film The Pilgrim. His career at this young age ended because his mother wanted her son to have a real childhood. As an adult, his first job in films was as a co-writer of the 1939 Ronald Reagan movie Code of the Secret Service.

Riesner won an Oscar for directing Bill and Coo (1948), a feature film with a cast of real birds, costumed as humans, acting on the world's smallest film set.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Riesner worked primarily in television, including writing for Rawhide and the "Tourist Attraction" episode of The Outer Limits, although he occasionally contributed to feature films like The Helen Morgan Story. In 1968 he landed a job working on the Clint Eastwood action film Coogan's Bluff, and this in turn would lead to him writing several other Eastwood features throughout the 1970s. Riesner helped pen the screenplays for two Eastwood films in 1971, Play Misty for Me and the original Dirty Harry. In 1973 he provided an uncredited rewrite for High Plains Drifter, and in 1976 he was one of the writers to draft The Enforcer, the third Dirty Harry thriller. That same year he provided the teleplay for NBC's highly rated miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, starring Nick Nolte. In 1979 he wrote an early draft screenplay for The Godfather Part III, but his script was discarded when Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo finally agreed to collaborate on a third entry in the series.

Riesner continued to write into the 1980s, though most of his work from that period went uncredited. Those films include Das Boot, The Sting II, and Starman.

Riesner died in 2002 of natural causes. He had been married to actress Maila Nurmi, better known as the horror hostess Vampira.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 51

Birthday 1918-11-03

Day of Death 2002-08-18

Place of Birth New Rochelle, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Dinky Dean
  • Dink Dean
  • Dean Franklin
  • Charles Reisner Jr.
  • Dean Reisner
  • Dinky Reisner
  • Dean E. Riesner

Writing TV ShowsMovies

1987 Fatal Beauty Screenplay
1983 Sudden Impact Writer
1983 The Sting II Writer
1981 Das Boot Screenplay
1976 The Enforcer Screenplay
1976 Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers (4 episodes)Writer (4 episodes)Teleplay
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man (12 episodes)Teleplay (7 episodes)Writer
1973 Charley Varrick Screenplay
1973 High Plains Drifter Screenplay
1971 Dirty Harry Screenplay
1971 Play Misty for Me Screenplay
1970 The Intruders Teleplay
1970 Lost Flight Writer
1968 Coogan's Bluff Screenplay
1968 Lancer (1 episode)Writer
1967 Stranger on the Run Writer
1967 Ironside (1 episode)Writer
1965 The Long, Hot Summer (3 episodes)Writer
1964 Twelve O'Clock High (2 episodes)Writer
1963 The Man from Galveston Writer
1963 The Outer Limits (1 episode)Writer
1962 The Virginian (4 episodes)Writer
1961 Ben Casey (2 episodes)Writer
1960 Surfside 6 (1 episode)Writer
1959 Bourbon Street Beat (2 episodes)Writer
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (9 episodes)Writer
1959 Rawhide (5 episodes)Writer
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)Writer
1958 Lawman (3 episodes)Writer
1958 Bronco (1 episode)Writer
1958 Paris Holiday Writer
1957 The Helen Morgan Story Writer
1957 The Restless Gun (1 episode)Writer
1957 The Thin Man (1 episode)Writer
1957 Sugarfoot (3 episodes)Writer
1956 Conflict (1 episode)Writer
1955 Cheyenne (3 episodes)Writer
1951 Skipalong Rosenbloom Screenplay
1948 Bill and Coo Screenplay
1942 Tombstone: The Town too Tough to Die Story
1940 The Fighting 69th Screenplay

Acting

2001 Play It Again: A Look Back at 'Play Misty for Me'
1987 Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (3 episodes)
1950 Gunfire as Outlaw Mack (as Dean Reisner)
1950 The Traveling Saleswoman as Tom
1948 The Cobra Strikes as Detective Brody
1936 Everybody Dance as Tommy Spurgeon
1935 It's in the Air as Brave (uncredited)
1921 Peck's Bad Boy

Creator

1971 Vanished Creator
1968 Lancer Creator
1965 The Long, Hot Summer Creator

Directing

1948 Bill and Coo Director

Crew

1940 A Fugitive from Justice Additional Writing

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