The John D.F. Black Collection, 1957-1986 encompasses various draft stages of episodic television, Made-for-TV Movies, and
film scripts with handwritten annotations by Black. Scripts represented in the collection include Charlie’s Angels, Mr. Novak,
Hawaii Five-O, Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate, Trouble Man, and Shaft.
John D.F. Black is an American scriptwriter, television producer and director. Born on December 30, 1932, Black is recognized
for his work writing episodes for popular television series such as Mr. Novak (1963-1965), The F.B.I. (1965-1974), Star Trek
(1966-1969), Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980), and Charlie’s Angels (1976-1981). In addition, Black wrote screenplays for several
films including: Gunfight in Abilene (1967), Nobody's Perfect (1968), Shaft (1971), and Trouble Man (1972).
He was nominated for an Emmy award in 1972, and won a Writers Guild of America Award in 1966 for an episode of Mr. Novak.
His teleplay Thief won an Edgar Award in 1972 for Best TV Feature or Miniseries.
Black has served on the boards of the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. He currently resides in
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