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Earl Hamner dead: The Waltons and Falcon Crest creator dies at 92

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Earl Hamner, the writer and producer who created the CBS dramas The Waltons and Falcon Crest, died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after battling cancer. He was 92.

His family announced the news on Facebook.

“He never got enough of this great gift of life with which we have all been so deeply blessed — and he hung on as tightly as anyone could with insatiable passion and wonder,” the statement said.

The Waltons, which ran from 1972 to 1981, was based on Hamner’s novel Spencer’s Mountain and a 1963 film adaptation. The family drama was inspired by his experiences growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia during the Great Depression.

Falcon Crest, a prime-time soap opera about a feuding wine family in Northern California, debuted in 1981 and also lasted nine seasons. Hamner’s other screen credits included The Twilight Zone, Heidi, Morningstar/Eveningstar, and Charlotte’s Web.

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