Milton (Milt) S. Gelman, a writer and producer for television and film, was a member of LMU's faculty from 1971 until his retirement in 1987. He taught screenwriting and also served as head of the writing division in the Communication Arts Department, now part of the School of Film and Television. Mr. Gelman was a producer and chief writer of two significant television series of the 1950's and 60's. Beginning in 1957, he worked on "Tales of Wells Fargo," a western that aired on NBC. In 1964, he worked on "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," NBC's weekly spy series that spoofed the James Bond film series; it ran for nearly four years. Mr. Gelman wrote for many other television shows, including "Bonanza," "Banyon," "The High Chaparral," "Riverboat," "Perry Mason," "Mr. Novak," "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars," "Quincy," and dozens more.
As an agent, Mr. Gelman at one time represented the writer Paddy Chayevsky. He also taught at UCLA. Mr. Gelman began his career as a radio writer in New York and moved to television, where as early as 1956 he was creating stories for "Robert Montgomery Presents." He was honored for his writing by groups as diverse as the Mystery Writers of America and the American Association of Retired Persons. In the 1970s, he twice served as Chairman of the Los Angeles County Obscenity and Pornography Commission. He received a BA in Psychology (1943) and an MA in Communication Arts (1969) from LMU.