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William Read Woodfield

Mostly Credited As: William Read Woodfield
Birth Name: William Read Woodfield
Date Of Birth: January 21, 1928 (Age 73)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: San Francisco, California
Date Of Death: November 24, 2001
Cause Of Death: Heart Attack

William Read Woodfield


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.

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Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966)• Script Consultant (1967-1968)
• Producer (Season 3)

Episode Crew


Diagnosis Murder (1993) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
A Twist of the Knife   May/13/1993 As: Story
Columbo (1971) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star 10x03 Apr/29/1991 As: Writer
The Fall Guy (1981) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Dead Bounty 04x09 Nov/14/1984 As: Story
Masquerade (1983) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Winnings 01x09 Apr/06/1984 As: Writer
Oil 01x07 Jan/26/1984 As: Writer
Shaft (1973) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
The Murder Machine 01x07 Feb/19/1974 As: Writer
The Kidnapping 01x04 Dec/11/1973 As: Writer
The Enforcers 01x01 Oct/09/1973 As: Writer
San Francisco International Airport (1970) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
We Once Came Home to Parades 01x02 Nov/04/1970 As: Writer
San Francisco International   Sep/29/1970 As: Writer
Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) (Credited in 24 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Execution 03x05 Nov/10/1968 As: Writer
The Contenders (2) 03x03 Oct/13/1968 As: Writer
The Contenders (1) 03x02 Oct/06/1968 As: Writer
Recovery 02x25 Mar/17/1968 As: Writer
The Killing 02x22 Feb/28/1968 As: Writer
The Time Tunnel (1966) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Revenge of the Gods 01x07 Oct/21/1966 As: Writer
Lost in Space (1965) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Wild Adventure 02x02 Sep/21/1966 As: Writer
Attack of the Monster Plants 01x14 Dec/15/1965 As: Writer
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) (Credited in 14 episodes from this show) 
 
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The Menfish 02x24 Mar/06/1966 As: Writer
Deadly Creature Below! 02x16 Jan/09/1966 As: Writer
Killers of the Deep 02x15 Jan/02/1966 As: Writer
The Monster from Outer Space 02x13 Dec/19/1965 As: Writer
The Peacemaker 02x09 Nov/21/1965 As: Writer
Everglades (1961) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Friday's Children 01x23 Mar/12/1962 As: Writer
The Experts 01x10 Dec/11/1961 As: Writer
Sea Hunt (1958) (1958) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
The Alcatraz Story 02x01 Jan/04/1959 As: Writer
Dead Man's Cove 01x33 Aug/23/1958 As: Writer
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A self-proclaimed aficionado of confidence games and the people who run them, Woodfield incorporated a lot of the tricks of the confidence racket into his Mission: Impossible scripts: misdirection, exploitation of base emotions like greed, and misdirection.

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