LOS ANGELES, March 8 (UPI) -- Screenwriter Malvin Wald, best known for his work on the movie "The Naked City," has died in Los Angeles at the age of 90.
Film historian Leonard Maltin said Wald's screenplay for the 1948 crime drama not only earned the writer an Oscar nomination, but served as a template for countless future movie and TV efforts, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
"What we see all over our TV screens today originated in large part in that movie," Maltin said. "It was a novelty then, deglamorizing Hollywood's depiction of crime-solving, taking it out of the hands of glamorous or exotic private investigators and following the day-to-day, mundane activities of the police."
Wald, who died Thursday of age-related causes, apparently knew the influence of his most popular work based on his comments in a 2007 interview.
"No one had done a film where the real hero was a hard-working police detective, like the ones I knew in Brooklyn," Wald said. "We knew we were making a new genre that became the police procedural."
The Times said Wald is survived by two children.