Malcolm Marmorstein, the screenwriter of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, has passed away at the age of 92, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Marmorstein died of cancer at the age of 92 on November 21 in Los Angeles, his son Wayne Marmorstein announced.
  • Marmorstein’s Disney credits include Pete’s Dragon and Return from Witch Mountain.
  • He is also known for his work on the soap opera Dark Shadows.
  • Marmorstein was born on August 9 1928 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
  • He majored in playwriting and acting at Jersey City Teachers College.
  • Marmorstein worked as a Broadway stagehand on notable productions like:
    • 1947's A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy and Karl Malden
    • The 1952 revival of Pal Joey that starred Harold Lang and Vivienne Segal
    • 1953's The Love of Four Colonels, starring Rex Harrison
    • 1955's Damn Yankees, starring Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse
    • 1961's Kean, starring Alfred Drake
  • He also went on to work as a stage manager on television programs like Who Do You Trust?, Dick Clark's American Bandstand and The Ernie Kovacs Show.
  • He eventually worked as head writer for ABC’s soap opera The Doctors and worked on ABC’s Peyton Place as well. The latter brought him to Hollywood in 1968.
  • Marmorstein is survived by his second wife, Barbara, and children, Larry, Wayne, Darragh and Mitchell.