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Dan O’Bannon of Alien fame dies

Dan O’Bannon, screenwriter who was best known for writing the 1979 blockbuster “Alien” and who also directed and wrote¬† “The Return of the Living Dead,” and co-wrote “Blue Thunder” and “Total Recall,” has died.

He died Thursday at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica after a thirty year battle with Crohn’s disease, said his wife, Diane.

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