Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer, and author of the critically acclaimed Mafia Summer, E. Duke Vincent began his distinguished career after his six-year stint as a Naval aviator, the highlight of which was a two-year tour with the U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, The Blue Angels. Shortly after leaving the Navy, Vincent signed a contract with RKO General and Seven Arts in New York City to write and produce six one-hour documentaries for the series “Man in Space”; among the illustrious individuals he interviewed on-camera was Wernher von Braun.
While in Los Angeles filming sequences for “Man in Space,” Vincent met up with Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, the executive producers of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and signed on to do their next television series, “Good Morning World.” The next year, he became producer and head writer of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” following that up with “The Jim Nabors Hour,” “Arnie” and “The Little People,” and writing and producing two television movies, “Panache” and “The Imposter.”
Joining Aaron Spelling in 1977, and serving as executive producer and vice chairman of Spelling Television for 29 years, Vincent’s significant television credits grew to include 43 series, among them “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Dynasty,” “Hotel,” “Vega$,” “Matt Houston” and “The Colbys”; seven miniseries, including Jackie Collins’ “Hollywood Wives” and James Michener’s “Texas”; and 39 movies for television, including the two Emmy Award-winners “Day One” and “And the Band Played On.” He was executive producer with Spelling on The WB Network’s long-running hit series “Charmed,” and its highest-rated and longest-running drama series, “7th Heaven.” In his 40-year television career, Vincent has written or produced more than 2,300 hours of television, including 1,600 hours of prime-time television and more than 750 hours of daytime television.
His first novel, Mafia Summer, won praise from Kirkus (“Sweet, affectionate, and bloody; a glance backward to a well-spent youth”) and the New York Post Required Reading (“It just may be the perfect summer book”). Author of the well-received Black Widow and The $trip, E. Duke Vincent’s fourth novel is The Camelot Conspiracy. He lives in southern California.