Stephen Lord, Writer for ‘CHiPs,’ ‘Fantasy Island,’ Dead at 85

A writer for nearly four decades, Lord died in his Sherman Oaks home last week

Stephen Lord, a writer for more than a dozen television shows over three decades, died May 5 at the age of 85.

Lord, a New Orleans native whose birth name was Stephen Loyacano, passed away in his Sherman Oaks, CA home with his family at his side.

He wrote for iconic shows of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s such as “CHiPs,” “Fantasy Island” and “Johnny Ringo.”

Lord contributed to shows in myriad ways, such as producing, directing and occasionally acting, but above all he was a writer.

He started in the mid-1950s with “Harbor Command” and kept writing into the late 1980s and early 1990s, contributing episodes of “T.J. Hooker” and “Matlock.”

Lord also wrote a handful of features, including “The Bermuda Triangle” and “The Fall of the House of User,” based on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story.

Lord is survived by his wife Joan, his daughter Stephanie, son-in law Pawel, granddaughter Emma and daughters Jennifer and Elizabeth.