trapper john don brinkley Christie Brinkley's father Don Brinkley, noted TV writer, dies at 91Don Brinkley (not pictured), whose television writing credits include “Trapper John, M.D.” (pictured), “The Untouchables,” “Ben Casey,” “Rawhide,” “The Fugitive” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” has passed away at the age of 91 on Saturday (July 14) in Sag Harbor, New York.

In addition to his TV writing, Brinkley was also a journalist for CBS Radio News and was honored by the Museum of Broadcasting in 1988.

Brinkley is the stepfather of model and actress Christie Brinkley and her brother Greg. He adopted them when he married their mother Marge. He has two children, Jeff and Kim Brinkley, from his first marriage. Brinkley is also survived by six grandchildren, including Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."