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David Ernest Peckinpah (September 5, 1951 – April 23, 2006) was a television writer, producer and director. David Peckinpah was the nephew of film director Sam Peckinpah. He was a writer and producer of several series including the cable TV shows DEA, Silk Stalkings, Sliders and Beauty and the Beast, starring Linda Hamilton.

Personal life

David was married to actress and producer Sandy Peckinpah from 1974-2006. They had a son Garrett, (born 1978), Trevor, (born 1982), Julianne Belle, (born 1988), and Jackson, (born 1992). Julianne was born with a bilateral cleft lip. Sandy was inspired to write books about children born with special needs. Some books are "Rosey the Imperfect Angel," "Chester the Imperfect All-Star," (inspired by baseball pitcher Jim Abbott, and "Fairy Tale Life . . . Interrupted."

When Garrett was 16, he died suddenly from meningitis.

The couple's best friends were actors Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner. Melissa gave birth to a very premature son in October 1994. She named him Michael Garrett Boxleitner (in honor of Michael Landon and Garrett Peckinpah). Sandy appeared in E! Entertainment's 1999 "Celebrity Profile" of Melissa Gilbert. Michael eventually fully recovered and was also featured as a healthy and strong 5-year old on the program.

David died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 55. Today his widow Sandy, is a successful realtor and writer in Murrieta, California.


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