True Eames Boardman

True Eames Boardman

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.--True Eames Boardman, who began his show business career as a child actor and eventually found success as a writer for radio, television and films, died here July 28, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 93. He was the screenwriter for the movie in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.

A native of Seattle, Boardman was the only child of actress Virginia Eames and action-adventure star True Boardman. By age 10, he had appeared in six movies, including films starring Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford.

In 1934 he graduated from UCLA and found work contributing scripts to a number of radio programs. At the outbreak of World War II, he was commissioned a captain in the Army and assigned to create radio programming for American troops. Stationed in Puerto Rico, Boardman broadcast recordings of major radio network shows for a different hour each night on the island's three radio stations.

At the same time, he sold a number of movie scripts, including "Keep 'Em Flying" (1941), "Pardon My Sarong" (1942) and "Hit the Ice" (1943).

After the war he continued in radio, and with the arrival of television, Boardman wrote the first dramatic television show ever telecast in Hollywood, on December 24, 1946. He later contributed scripts to such series as "Perry Mason," "The Virginian," "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke."

An active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for many years, Boardman served as chairman of its documentary committee. He was also involved with the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America. In 1993, the Writers Guild presented him with its Valentine Davies Award for lifetime achievement.

In his later years, he starred in a one-man stage show as Ralph Waldo Emerson, taught Hollywood History at Monterey Peninsula College and spoke before corporate audiences about Hollywood's Golden Age. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Gilmour Boardman; two daughters; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.