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Shimon Wincelberg (26 September 192429 September 2004) was a television screenwriter and playwright born in Kiel, Germany. His family was forced to flee Germany by the Nazi pogroms, arriving in the United States in the late 1930's. He became a professional writer in 1953 with the sale of his first story and started his career writing short stories for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, New Yorker and Punch. He subsequently wrote many plays (such as the 1959 Broadway play Kataki) and books, some with his writer wife Anita, as well as numerous 1960s and 1970s television shows, often under the pseudonyms 'Simon Wincelberg', 'Simon Winvelberg', 'S. Bar-David' or 'Shimon Bar-David' ("Shimon, son of David" in Hebrew). Wincelberg was a mentor for many Orthodox Jews in Hollywood, and many of his scripts for TV shows centered around Jewish themes and were notable for their unusually correct depiction of Jewish rituals and religious law. Among the television shows he wrote or co-wrote were Have Gun - Will Travel, Naked City, 87th Precinct (starring Ron Harper), Lost in Space (the first five-episode arc of the series), The Time Tunnel (the pilot episode), Star Trek (two episodes, as well as a script for the aborted 1977 Star Trek: Phase II series), The Wild Wild West, Garrison's Gorillas (starring Ron Harper), Mannix, Gunsmoke, Planet of the Apes (episode "Up Above the World So High"), Police Woman, The Paper Chase, Dynasty and Law & Order. Wincelberg died in 2004 in a nursing home in Los Angeles following a long illness.

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