Emmy Award-winning Tv writer Ernest Kinoy has died at the age of 89.

The New York native passed away in Townshend, Vermont on Monday (10Nov14) after suffering complications from pneumonia.

Kinoy began his career in the late 1940s and worked on shows including Dr. Kildare, Studio One, Route 66, Goodyear Playhouse, The Untouchables and Naked City.

He was nominated for his writing at the Primetime Emmy Awards on five occasions, picking up nods for Roots: The Next Generations and Tv movie Skokie. He won twice, taking home gold in 1964 for his Blacklist episode of The Defenders and again in 1977 for his work on historic mini-series Roots.

Kinoy also served as the president of the Writers Guild of America East from 1969 to 1971.