Writer George Clayton Johnson died of cancer on Christmas Day in Los Angeles, California. He was 86. Johnson co-wrote the dystopian novel Logan’s Run with William F. Nolan in 1967. The novel was later produced into an Oscar-nominated film in 1976 and then a television show. He also wrote the first episode of the Star Trek television series starring William Shatner which aired in 1966. ohnson also penned the story on which the Ocean’s 11 films were based. The first, released in 1960, starred Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. The 2001 remake featured George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt.
Born in Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1929, Johnson broke into the entertainment business in 1959 when he wrote the ‘I’ll Take Care of You’ episode for ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’. Johnson was a member of the Southern California School of Writers, which also has Theodore Sturgeon, William F Nolan, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury as its member. Johnson is survived by his son Paul, daughter Judy Olive and wife of over 60 years, Lola.