Edward Hume, Emmy-Nominated ‘The Day After’ Writer, Dies at 87

Edward Hume, the Emmy-nominated writer of “The Day After” and creator of “The Streets of San Francisco,” has died, his rep confirmed to Variety. He was 87. 

Hume was known for his work on the critically acclaimed, 1983 sci-fi TV movie “The Day After,” which was nominated for a total of 10 Emmys and won two. The nuclear war-centric film is regarded as the most-watched TV movie of all time, being seen by over 100 million U.S. viewers. It notably was the first American film to be released in the Soviet Union, launching in 35 countries in 17 languages. 

“There can be no doubt about the size of Earth’s debt to Edward Hume,” said Nicholas Meyer, the director of “The Day After.”

Hume was born in Chicago, Ill., on May 18, 1936. Throughout the course of his career in Hollywood, he was often recognized for his passion for storytelling, winning the Humanitas prize in 1990 and the Future of Life Award in 2023 for his writing in “The Day After.”

Hume’s additional film credits include the 1975 romantic drama “Sweet Hostage,” which starred Linda Blair and Martin Sheen, the 1982 TV movie “Parole,” Ralph L. Thomas’ 1983 bio-drama “The Terry Fox Story” and the 1990 historical drama “Common Ground,” starring Jane Curtin. He developed and created a slew of TV series throughout the 1970s, including the Emmy-nominated shows “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Cannon” and “Barnaby Jones.” 

Hume is survived by his children; Chris, Brian and Erika; his sisters; Marian Tibbetts and Martha Lucuis and many nieces and nephews.

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