Screenwriter/producer Michael A. Hoey has died.

The son of British actor Dennis Hoey, the 79 year old wrote, produced and directed cult 1966 film The Navy vs. the Night Monsters and penned the screenplay for Elvis Presley's 1968 films Stay Away, Joe and Live a Little, Love a Little.

He also produced, wrote and directed several episodes of the 1980s music drama series Fame, and picked up two Emmy Award nominations for his work on the show.

He directed episodes of Dallas, Falcon Crest and Murder, She Wrote and wrote the books Elvis, Sherlock and Me: How I Survived Growing Up In Hollywood; Sherlock Holmes and the Fabulous Faces: The Universal Pictures Repertory Company; and Elvis’ Favorite Director: The Amazing 52-Year Career of Norman Taurog.

Hoey, who also served two terms as a governor on the board of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, lost his battle against cancer at his home in California on Sunday (17Aug14).

His ashes will be scattered at sea.