Screenwriter Brian Taggert passed away in Los Angeles, California at the age of 81 at the beginning of this month.
His cause of death has not been made public, but the Los Angeles County coroner’s officer said Thursday that Taggert died in his home
Taggert’s career took off in the 1970s with an extensive list of credits that includes Adam-12, and Emergency! He went on to write for TV films like The Mark of Zorro, The Spell and Night Cries, the television remake of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, and the TV miniseries V: The Final Battle and the V series, among many others. He also co-produced Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
In the 1980s, he began writing for film, with credits including the 1982 slasher Visiting Hours starring Lee Grant as a television journalist who is targeted by a serial killer, followed by Of Unknown Origin, The New Kids, and 1988’s Poltergeist III. Taggert wrote the latter with Gary Sherman, with whom he also shared writing credits on 1986’s Wanted: Dead or Alive, which starred Rutger Hauer.
Brian Taggert was a niche writer, but he will be dearly missed. We wish his friends and family all the best.