- Birth name:
- Robert Theodore Newsom
- Date of Birth:
- 3 December 1952 Portland, Oregon, USA
- 6' (1.83 m)
Born in Portland, Oregon; spent teen years in the San Fernando Valley; served 3 years in the US Army as a corpsman and surgical assistant at the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, 1972-75; attended the University of Maryland extension, Portland State University, LA Pierce College, UCLA extension, California State University at Northridge. Teachers included Lucille Ball, Sidney Salkow (director of Last Man on Earth) and Ben Brady (producer of The Outer Limits). Freelance newspaper & magazine writing led to magazine editing jobs. With John Brancato, Newsom co-wrote "The Un-Official NFL Players Handbook," a humor book for Simon & Schuster. Brancato and Newsom collaborated on several screenplays of Marvel Comics characters, working with Stan Lee: Sgt. Fury, Spider-Man, and The Sub-Mariner. Active in the WGA strike in 1988, segued into directing and producing, concentrating primarily on video documentaries. He has served as associate producer on several CD releases of the film music of Ronald Stein, such as Not of This Earth (Varese Saraband), The Haunted Palace and Invasion of the Saucer Men (Percepto Records). Newsom is one of the partners of the Perma Production Music Library.