Larry DiTillio

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Lawrence G. DiTillio (February 15, 1948 – March 16, 2019) was an American film and TV series writer.

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He began writing for television and movies in the 1970s including a stint on Filmation's Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids . Larry DiTillio became a staff writer for the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series. He wrote the most episodes throughout both seasons, totaling 17 episodes as well as directing one. In 1985, he wrote the feature-length film He-Man and She-Ra: Secret of the Sword. He was responsible for the original bible of the spinoff show, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and came up with most of the character names. [1]


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Flying Buffalo hired DiTillio in 1983 when he was out of work due to a strike. [2] :37 He wrote The Isle of Darksmoke (1984), Flying Buffalo's last multiplayer Tunnels & Trolls adventure. [2] :38 With Lynn Willis, he wrote Masks of Nyarlathotep (1984), a world-spanning campaign for Call of Cthulhu , which is considered one of the best roleplaying adventures of all time, [2] :86 and which won the Origins Award.

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DiTillio is known for his role as executive story editor of the science-fiction series Babylon 5 , [2] :41 and for writing or co-writing most of the episodes in the animated series Beast Wars . He was also a writer for the updated 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series.

<i>Babylon 5</i> American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski

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An animated series is a set of animated works with a common series title, usually related to one another. These episodes should typically share the same main characters, some different secondary characters and a basic theme. Series can have either a finite number of episodes like a miniseries, a definite end, or be open-ended, without a predetermined number of episodes. They can be broadcast on television, shown in movie theatres, released direct-to-video or on the internet. Like animated films, animated series can be of a wide variety of genres and can also have different target audiences, from children to adults.

DiTillio died at the age of 71 on March 16, 2019 of Parkinson's Disease. [3]


1972WriterThose Mad, Mad Moviemakers
1984WriterFat Albert and the Cosby Kids
1985WriterHe-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword
1985WriterJayce and the Wheeled Warriors (7 episodes)
1983-1985WriterHe-Man and the Masters of the Universe (17 episodes)
1985WriterShe-Ra Princess of Power (18 episodes)
1985-1986WriterRock 'n' Wrestling
1986WriterGalaxy High School
1987WriterBionic Six
1987-88WriterCaptain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
1988WriterSuperman (2 episodes)
1989WriterThe California Raisin Show (5 episodes)
1989WriterCaptain Power: The Beginning (TV Movie)
1987WriterThe Real Ghostbusters
1990WriterSwamp Thing (TV Series)
1990WriterDeadly Nightmares
1990WriterPeter Pan and the Pirates
1991WriterThe Hidden Room
1991WriterMurder, She Wrote (1 Episode)
1992WriterConan the Adventurer
1994-1995Writer/Executive Story EditorBabylon 5
1996-99Writer/Story EditorBeast Wars: Transformers
2002-2004WriterMasters of the Universe vs. the Snake Men
2005WriterKong: The Animated Series
2009WriterTransformers: Animated (1 episode)

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