Robert W. Lenski (June 11, 1926 - June 19, 2002) was a prolific television screenwriter born in Michigan. Lenski began his career as a journalist and received a Pulitzer Prize for his skillful reporting of a Southern Michigan prison riot early on. Later moving into television, three-time Emmy nominee Lenski scripted such popular television shows as Mannix, Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco, The New Perry Mason, Barnaby Jones and Kojak from the early 1970s.

In 1974, Robert W. Lenski wrote two episodes of the Planet of the Apes TV series - "The Good Seeds" and "Tomorrow's Tide". Lenski's script for the 1978 miniseries The Dain Curse failed to garner an Emmy, though it did win the writer an Edgar Allan Poe award. He also wrote such made-for-television films as Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975), O Pioneers!, Roommates (1994) and What The Deaf Man Heard, and continued to pen numerous teleplays and scripts into the new millennium, with his final effort being A Death in the Family (2001). In June 2002, Lenski died of cancer in his Los Angeles home.

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