Joseph Stefano, R.I.P.

Joseph Stefano, who wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and co-created the ’60s sci-fi anthology series The Outer Limits, died on 8.25 at age 84. He was a very bright guy and fun to talk to. (I did a phoner with him six or seven years ago.) When you have a chance watch the 90-minute “Making of Psycho” doc on Universal Home Video’s most recent Psycho DVD — Stefano is interviewed extensively, and it’s obvious from the get-go that he’s a bright, affable, agreeable sort.

4 thoughts on “Joseph Stefano, R.I.P.

  1. FunkDaddy J on said:

    I know Robert Bloch always felt he didn’t get enough credit for writing the original story, but Stefano and Hitchcock really made PSYCHO a shocking, groundbreaking film. I give credit to Bloch for the book, sure, but Stefano and Hitch really knocked this adaptation out of the park.

  2. true story: at the austin film fest 99 where stefano was a guest, i watched a young man walk up to him and say, “i love psycho, mr. stefano. have you written anything else?”

  3. Nice to see Jeff write something nice about someone right after their death without slagging off on their career.
    See, Jeff, was that so hard?

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