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A cast of native Buffalo writers

The Honor Roll of Buffalo-raised and formerly resident writers and creators who have spent the past 20 years working prominently in and around Hollywood:

Anthony Yerkovich -- The first of the recent Buffalo emigres in Hollywood, best known for "Hill Street Blues" and creating "Miami Vice." He's now the proprietor of a chic L.A. restaurant called, yes, "The Buffalo Club."

Tom Fontana -- Best known for "St. Elsewhere," the short-lived "Taittinger's," the legendary "Homicide" and cable-TV's "Oz."

Diane English -- Creator and show-runner of "Murphy Brown." She will soon be filming "The Women" with Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Candice Bergen, Annette Bening and Debra Messing.

David Milch -- "Hill Street Blues," co-creator of "NYPD Blue," creator of "Deadwood" and now, co-creator of "John From Cincinnati" on HBO.

Alfonso Ruggiero Jr. -- Writer for "Miami Vice," and "Wiseguy" and the cable-TV perennial about -- get this -- a Russian Mob presence in Buffalo called "Stiletto Dance."

Christopher R. Markus (with co-writer Stephen McFeeley) -- "You Kill Me," "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" on HBO, and "The Chronicles of Narnia."

Shannon Gaughan -- "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Saturday Night Live."

Samm Hamm -- Former UB student known for "Batman," "Never Cry Wolf," and "Monkeybone."

Alan Zweibel -- Former UB student known for "Saturday Night Live" and the movies "North," "The Story of Us" and "Dragnet."

-- Jeff Simon

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