Dominic Orlando, writer on The Oa and Mindhunter, dies at 57
Dominic Orlando, screenwriter of the famous Netflix series The Oa and Mindhunter, has died at the age of 57. Olrlando would have died on November 17 in Washington, following “cancer complications”, according to a spokesperson for the CAA. Orlando has been twice nominated for the WGA, whose script credits also include the SyFy Nightflyers series, as well as Amazon’s controversial racing-focused horror thriller series Them last year. Clearly, Orlando’s strong point was giving an arthouse touch to some of the darkest and most uplifting genre televisions – a perfect niche for a Brooklyn-born playwright.
Dominic Orlando’s family released the following statement on his passing: âHe was the person everyone wanted to sit next to at Thanksgiving, brunch in Minneapolis and backyard barbecues in LA. was the loudest voice, arguing, speaking, stating his firm opinion and yet somehow he still managed to be an empathetic and greedy listener. A mentor, friend and soul deeply generous, he spent his life building social circles as he built stories, and he was the heart of every circle. “
Of note, Orlando’s work as an artist included the continued creation of new groups, including the Workhaus Collective in Minneapolis (while he was a fellow at the Playwrights’ Center), as well as the co-founder who has co-founded the No Pants Theater Company in New York in the early 1990s. It was after his stay in Minneapolis that Orlando moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television. He still has projects coming up that will bear his name, including Outer Range at Amazon and Retreat at FX.
Dominic Orlando is survived by his mother, Lillian; brothers John and Steven; and her sister-in-law Sara.
The Dominic Orlando Fund was started by the Playwrights’ Center in honor of the late writer.