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Joel Surnow
Miami Vice Writer
December 18, 1955
Colleen Surnow (1989-present, three children)

Joel Surnow (born December 18, 1955) is an American TV writer, producer, and show creator, who wrote the Miami Vice episodes "Cool Runnin'", "Calderone's Return (Part I)", "Calderone's Return (Part II)" (co-writer), "The Great McCarthy", "Little Prince", "Made for Each Other", "Lombard", and "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" as well as serving as executive story consultant for Vice's first season and part of the second season.


Surnow was born in Michigan, after he graduated from the UCLA Film School, he began writing for film, but it wasn't until his Vice work he became noticed, and he left midway through Season 2 to produce and write for The Equalizer, Falcon Crest, and Nowhere Man. He then began creating series such as The ½ Hour News Hour for FOX News, and Le Femme Nikita for the USA Network, then his most popular series, 24, which began in 2001 and aired until 2010, which earned Surnow two Emmys for Outstanding Dramatic Series, and produced three spin-offs: 24: Live Another Day, 24: India, and the 2016 series 24: Legacy. Surnow also produced the 2011 miniseries, The Kennedys.

Personal Life

Surnow has been married to his wife Colleen since 1989, they have three children.