Scribblings From the Desert

I am a published author and produced screenwriter living in Rancho Mirage, California with my wife, Beth, and two dogs, Crystal and Misty. I have spent most of my life in and around the Hollywood Motion Picture Business.

Location: Rancho Mirage, California, United States

Monday, November 05, 2007

OBITUARY - George A. Rutter

George A. Rutter (91) – veteran script supervisor and former business agent for Script Supervisors Local 871, passed away on November 4, 2007 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. He had been hospitalized since June of this year and died from an ongoing infection. Born on August 18, 1916 in Glendale, California, George served his country during WW II as a member of the 376th Heavy Bomber Group. In the 1950s, he worked for Gene Autry’s Flying-A Productions, carrying script on Annie Oakley and the Buffalo Bill. Jr TV shows. Other series he worked on during the same period were Fury; The Roy Rogers Show; and Lassie. He was also on board for Gene Autry’s final feature film, Last of the Pony Riders. In the 1960s, he worked with Audie Murphy, George Montgomery, Cameron Mitchell and Sterling Hayden on a number of westerns, as well as TVs Branded, produced by Andrew J. Fenady and starring Chuck Connors. In addition he was script supervisor on the original Star Trek; Bonanza; and The FBI TV series’. During the 1970s, he served as his union’s business representative; and eventually concluded his career in the 1980s with Remington Steele, and Ed Asner’s Lou Grant series. George was married at one time to Bette (Moon) Rutter, David Begelman’s secretary at Columbia Pictures; they had remained friends until her death in 2001. George is survived by his nephews, Robert Lodge, of Palm Desert, CA; and Stephen Lodge, a former costumer and screenwriter, now living in Rancho Mirage. No services are pending at this time. Donations in George’s name may be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.