Michael O'Hara (writer)

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Michael J. O’Hara is an American author, screenwriter and producer.


Early life

O’Hara was born in New York City and raised in the Inwood section of Northern Manhattan. He graduated with a B.A. in English and Government from Manhattan College.


After college, O’Hara worked as a political reporter for two Gannett newspapers (The Titusville Star Advocate and Cocoa Today).

He moved to Hollywood in the late 1970s and ended up working in the press department at NBC, [1] becoming NBC’s V.P. of West Coast Publicity and, later, an executive producer and screenwriter. [2]

His first novel, Dos Angeles, was published in the fall of 2015.



Television Series

  1. Chicago Story: Not Quite Paradise: Part 1 - 1982
  2. Chicago Story: Not Quite Paradise: Part 2 - 1982
  3. Murder in the Heartland (Mini-Series) - 1993

Television Movies

  1. Those She Left Behind - 1989
  2. She Said No - 1990
  3. Switched at Birth - 1991
  4. She Woke Up Pregnant - 1996
  5. One Hot Summer Night - 1998
  6. In His Life: The John Lennon Story - 2000
  7. 1st to Die - 2003

Executive Producer

Television Series

  1. Murder in the Heartland - 1993

Television Movies

  1. She Said No - 1990
  2. Switched at Birth - 1991
  3. Bloodlines: Murder in the Family - 1993
  4. Moment of Truth: Stalking Back - 1993
  5. Moment of Truth: To Walk Again - 1994
  6. Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges - 1994
  7. Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy - 1994
  8. Heart of a Child - 1994
  9. Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics - 1994
  10. Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire - 1994
  11. Moment of Truth: Cult Rescue - 1994
  12. The Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie - 1995
  13. Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth Movie - 1995
  14. Eye of the Stalker - 1995
  15. Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie - 1996
  16. A Secret Between Friends: A Moment of Truth Movie - 1996
  17. She Woke Up Pregnant - 1996
  18. Abduction of Innocence - 1996
  19. Badge of Betrayal - 1997
  20. A Child's Wish - 1997
  21. Moment of Truth: Into the Arms of Danger - 1997
  22. The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie - 1997
  23. Shattered Hearts: A Moment of Truth Movie - 1998
  24. I Know What You Did - 1998
  25. Playing to Win: A Moment of Truth Movie - 1998
  26. One Hot Summer Night - 1998
  27. Nobody Lives Forever - 1998
  28. Broken Silence: A Moment of Truth Movie - 1998
  29. Someone to Love Me - 1998
  30. In His Life: The John Lennon Story - 2000
  31. 1st to Die - 2003


Besides an Emmy nomination ("Switched at Birth"), other honors include: a Christopher Award (“A Child’s Wish”); a Prism Award (“The Accident”); [3] and the Media Award from The National Council on Problem Gambling (“Playing to Win.”) [4]

Personal life

O’Hara and his wife Doris live in Malibu, California. They have two children, Mariah and John.

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