Mystery writer and screenplay scribe Ed McBain (birth name: Evan Hunter) has died at the age of 78. McBain wrote the novel The Blackboard Jungle, which was turned into a film starring Sidney Poitier; he also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Hunter/McBain had been sick for some time with cancer of the larynx. McBain/Hunter was also a fairly prolific TV writer who penned several episodes of Columbo.
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