Philip S. Goodman, Writer and Director

Feb. 20, 1926 - May 2, 2015
Philip S. Goodman, Feb. 20, 1926 - May 2, 2015

Philip S. Goodman, who spent six decades as a writer and director of television programs and commercials, feature and documentary films, and theatrical productions, died of cancer on Saturday after an illness of several months. A resident of New York City, he had formerly lived in Amagansett and on North Haven. He was 89.

Born on Feb. 20, 1926, to Solomon Goodman and Flora Katz Goodman, Mr. Goodman was raised in New York City. When he was young, his father managed a traveling carnival known as Goodman Greater Shows, which, his family said, sparked his interest in show business and storytelling.

Having earned degrees from Brooklyn College and the University of Southern California, Mr. Goodman considered himself a lifelong student of film, acting, music, cosmology, and religion, his family said.

He wrote television episodes for the Peabody Award-winning series “Profiles in Courage” and for “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Rocky King, Detective,” and “Johnny Staccato,” which aired during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1970 he wrote three episodes of National Educational Television’s “Our Vanishing Wilderness,” one of the first series on the environment.  Several of his own plays were given workshop performances at the Actors Studio in New York and he wrote the book of a musical, “A Good Man,” which was produced at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut in 2012.

On the South Fork, Mr. Goodman often played jazz piano at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, and he was an occasional player in the annual East Hampton Artists and Writers softball games in the 1960s. He also was an Army veteran and had served as a medic in the Philippines between 1944 and 1946.

Mr. Goodman is survived by a daughter, Jody Goodman of Washington, D.C., a son, Nicholas Goodman of Los Angeles, and two grandchildren. A service was held on Sunday at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in New York City, and he was buried at the Chevra Kodetia Cemetery in Sag Harbor. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 430 South Capitol Street, S.E., Washington 20003.