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ROTHSTEIN--Richard David,

J.D. (1943-2018), a screenwriter, died peacefully on April 16, 2018 at his home in Los Angeles. Richard was born in Torrington, CT, and grew up on Long Island. He attended Syracuse University, graduated from New York University and received his J.D. from Temple Law School. He is best known for being the creator of the HBO TV series, "The Hitchhiker", and for the original screenplay, "Universal Soldier", which was followed by three sequels in 1999, 2009 and 2012. He has written many screenplays and graphic novels in the science fiction/horror genre. He wrote passionately and assiduously up until the final months of his life. Richard is survived and dearly missed by his wife, Bushra of 46 years, his daughter, Sara and son-in-law, Grant Ross, his son, Joshua and daughter, Jessie, her husband, Nick Abbitt and four grandchildren, Grayson and Olivia Ross and Jordan and Elijah Abbitt. There will be a private family service in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Saban Community Clinic, 8405 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. Donations.aspx. All donations will be used for the support of mental health clients.

Published in The New York Times on Apr. 22, 2018
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