Herman Miller (November 10, 1919 – April 18, 1999) was a Hollywood writer and producer.


Miller was born on November 10th, 1919 in New York City, to Polish Jewish parents Esther Booke (1881-1933) and Morris Miller (1871-1947). Miller pursued both undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Southern California, where he received his B.A. in 1950 and M.F.A. in 1952.

The television show Kung Fu (1972–1975) was developed by Miller.[1][2] He was a co-producer for the series and wrote the first three episodes (King of the Mountain, Dark Angel, and Blood Brother).

Miller was responsible for the story of the 1968 feature film Coogan's Bluff starring Clint Eastwood. He co-wrote the screenplay with Dean Riesner and Howard Rodman [1]. Miller's work on this film is credited with inspiring the television show McCloud.

Miller also wrote for a number of television series including Daniel Boone and MacGyver. He wrote the play, The Ulysses Complex – and Penelope Not So Simple Either, which was performed Off-Broadway during the 1980s.

He died at the age of 79 on April 18, 1999 in Los Angeles.

Select filmography


1972: Writers Guild of America Award for Best DramaKing of the Mountain, Kung Fu.



  1. ^ "Kung Fu [TV Series] Plot Synopsis". MTV. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved December 21, 2021.
  2. ^ Pilato, Herbie J. (1993). The Kung Fu Book of Caine. The Complete Guide to TV’s First Mystical Eastern Western. Charles E. Tuttle Company. p. 16. ISBN 0 8048 1826 6.