Considered a Renaissance man in his time, Woodfield started as a magazine photographer and took the nudes of Marilyn Monroe from her last film, Somethings Got To Give
. He then turned to writing, worked on several series in the 50s, coauthored a book on prisoner Caryl Chessman, and smuggled a tape recorder into Jack Ruby's cell to transcribe information to write Ruby's autobiography. He was also a trained magician and founded the magazine Magicana
He teamed up with Allan Balter
while working on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
and the two men went on to work on Mission: Impossible
, where they rose to the position of script consultants as well as writing many episodes in the first two years. Eventually the partners left the show after a fight with executive producer/creator Bruce Geller. They moved on to other series such as Columbo
and he continued to write both on his own and with Balter. Woodfield remain active in Hollywood through the mid 90s then retired, and finally passed away in 2001.