Celebrated screenwriter Lorenzo Semple dies

Papillon scribe was 91

by Jennie Kermode

"Hand me the shark repellant Bat-spray!" Semple's caped crusader.
"Hand me the shark repellant Bat-spray!" Semple's caped crusader.

He was known for films like Papillon, The Parallax View and Three Days Of The Condor, as well as more light-hearted fare like Flash Gordon and Never Say Never Again. He was also much moved as the writer of the much loved Batman film starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and the creator of the TV series that followed it. Lorenzo Semple Jr died on Friday, a day after his 91st birthday.

After retiring in the mid-Eighties, Semple went on to enjoy a second career as a YouTube-based film critic. Though he never made much money from any of his work, Semple spoke of his joy at having the privilege to write it.

He is survived by his daughter Maria Semple, also an award winning screenwriter and producer, as well as his wife Joyce, other children Johanna and Lorenzo, and six grandchildren..

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