Cole and his late writing partner, Chris Bunch, sold more than 150 television and film scripts, but he probably was best known for co-authoring the Sten science fiction series.
The son of a CIA operative, Cole was born in Philadelphia and moved around with his family before settling in California.
He worked as a journalist for 14 years, taking on jobs at several Los Angeles-area newspapers including the Inglewood Daily News; San Gabriel Valley Tribune; and the Santa Monica Outlook, where he was city editor and national news editor.
Cole and Bunch earning writing credits on such hit TV shows as Magnum, P.I.; Quincy, M.E.; The Incredible Hulk; The A-Team; and Walker, Texas Ranger. They also were story editors on Galactica 1980, Code Red, Gavilan, and Werewolf.
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Cole was a Writers Guild of America West member since 1976.
The two writers penned an eight-volume science fiction series beginning with Sten in 1982. The series was a worldwide hit, especially in Russia, where it sold more than 10 million copies.
Cole is survived by his wife, Kathryn (Chris Bunch’s sister); his son, Jason; daughters Dr. Susan Beck and Alissia Bell; two brothers; and eight grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Cole’s name be sent to the Writers Guild Foundation Fund for emerging talents.
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