Frank Burt (Augustus Berek)
A favorite of both James Stewart and Jack Webb, Frank Burt was a prolific writer of film, radio and television stories during the 1940s and 1950s. In radio, his series writing credits include "The Whistler," "Hallmark Hall of Fame," and "The Unexpected." Burt created the well- regarded radio series "The Six Shooter" for Stewart and wrote all but one of its episodes. Read more... pilot to Payne's series). Burt's relationship with Stewart was to continue with a collaboration on one of Stewart's Westerns, "The Man from Laramie." Other writing credits included scripts for Jack Webb's landmark television series "Dragnet." A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Burt died at 38, suddenly and unexpectedly, from a heart attack, in 1958. At the time of his death, Burt was supervising pilot scripts at the Hecht-Hill-Lancaster company.