Larry DiTillio Bio

Lawrence G. DiTillio (1939 or 1940 – March 16, 2019) was an American film and TV series writer.


After first few attempts at writing for television and movies in the 1970s including a stint on Filmation’s Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Larry DiTillio became a staff writer for the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series. He wrote the most episodes throughout both seasons, totalling 16 episodes as well as directing one.

Flying Buffalo hired DiTillio in 1983 when he was out of work due to a strike. He wrote The Isle of Darksmoke (1984), Flying Buffalo’s last multiplayer Tunnels & Trolls adventure. With Lynn Willis, he wrote The Masks of Nyarlathotep (1984), a world-spanning campaign for Call of Cthulhu, which is considered one of the best roleplaying adventures of all time, and which won the Origins Award.

DiTillio is known for his role as executive story editor of the science-fiction series Babylon 5, and for writing or co-writing most of the episodes in the animated series Beast Wars. He was also a writer for the updated 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series.

DiTillio died at the age of 79 on March 16, 2019, following a long illness.

Larry DiTillio Death and cause

Writer J. Michael Straczynski has reported that his friend Larry DiTillio has died at the age of 79.

Larry DiTillio Work

Along with Bob Forward, DiTillio was one of the story editors on Beast Wars: Transformers,the celebrated animated series that brought in an entire generation of new fans and introduced a variety of ideas and characters into the Transformers that have persisted to this day. DiTillio and Forward also engaged the fandom on the newsgroup and drew inspiration from their dialogue there to tie Beast Wars more directly to the original Transformers stories. Their effect on Transformers as a whole cannot be overstated.

In addition to his work on Beast Wars, DiTillio also wrote for He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, The Real Ghostbusters, and Straczynski’s Babylon 5. He also wrote supplements for tabletop role-playing games including the fondly remembered Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign for Call of Cthulhu.

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