Denny Martin Flinn died on August 24 in Woodland Hills, California
of complications from cancer. Flinn was 59 years old. He grew up in San Francisco and Los Angeles
and majored in theatre at San
Francisco State University. During his college years, he
danced in San Francisco's North Beach
opposite such talents as stripper Carol Doda.
After moving to New
York he appeared on television and nightclubs and
performed on Broadway in Sugar and
the revivals of Pal Joey and the
Pearl Bailey company of Hello, Dolly!
Off-Broadway appearances included Look
Where I'm At and Show Me Where the
Good Times Are. He also choreographed Charles Strouse's off-Broadway
musical Six and he restaged Sugar for its West Coast premiere.
As a performer, he also appeared in the national companies
of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Jan
Peerce and Theodore Bikel as well as two-and-a-half years in one of the
national tours of A Chorus Line,
appearing as both Greg and Zach. He worked for famed choreographers Jerome
Robbins, Gower Champion, Michael Kidd, Michael Bennett and many others.
Flinn wrote and directed the musical Groucho, starring Lewis J. Stadlen, which played off-Broadway and
toured the country for two years. He
choreographed rock video sequences for the soap operas Another World and Search for
Tomorrow, a ballroom sequence for the feature film The Deceivers, and an animated sequence for the feature film Ghost.
As a writer, his first book was "What They Did for Love,"
the story of the making of the Broadway musical A Chorus Line. He followed
that with two mystery novels, "San Francisco Kills" and "Killer Finish," both
featuring the grandson of Sherlock Holmes.
After moving to Hollywood,
he co-authored with Nicholas Meyer the screenplay for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and wrote two radio plays
for the BBC: Don Quixote, which won a
British Writer's Guild nomination, and an adaptation of Meyer's The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. He authored the Star Trek novel "The Fearful
Summons" and "Musical! A Grand Tour - the Rise, Glory and Fall of an American
Institution," which won the ASCAP/Deems Taylor award. Other books include "How Not To Write a
Screenplay" and "How Not To Audition."
He is survived by his wife Barbara and two children, Brook