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‘Mindhunter’ Writer Dominic Orlando Dies at 57

by Matthew Wilson
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“Mindhunter” writer Dominic Orlando has sadly passed away. Fans best remember Orlando for his skills with a pen, working on the popular true-crime series. “Mindhunter” had both feet planted in the realm of fiction and reality, making for a riveting watch.

Orlando worked for both Netflix and Amazon. He passed away on November 17th. But his death wasn’t widely announced until Wednesday. Creative Artists Agency confirmed that Orlando passed away while in Washington D.C. Additionally, his family prepared a fitting tribute to Orlando. They revealed he had been working on a new series prior to his death

“Mere hours before he passed, he sat down at the dining room table to dive headlong into the first day of a writers room for a TV show,” they said according to The Sun. “He went out the way he lived doing what he loved. Full of the passion he always possessed for our human ability to reach each other through language and story.”

Orlando was 57-years-old. The family did not reveal a cause of death at this time.

Dominic Orlando Worked on a Number of Projects.

Dominic Orlando was born in Brooklyn. He leaves behind a lasting legacy in the realm of television. He worked on several series such as “Them, “Nightflyers,” “The OA,” and of course, “Mindhunter.”

His work on both “The OA” and “Mindhunter” earned him two nominations from the Writers Guild of America Award. The first was in 2016 and the second in 2020. He moved to Los Angeles after working in New York for several years. Additionally, Orlando worked extensively in the realm of theater. In 1992, he founded No Pants Theater Company in New York City.

But a few years later, he moved to Minneapolis to continue his work in theater. While there, he founded the Workhaus Collective theater company. He also worked on plays “A Short Play About Globalization,” “A Short Play About 9/11,” and “The Sense of What Should Be.”

He also worked on Amazon’s “Outer Range” and FX’s “Retreat” as well. Both shows are awaiting their airdates. Orlando was survived by his mother and his two brothers. “Mindhunter” fans will miss his detailed stories. The Netflix show aired two seasons focused on the early days of FBI profiling. The show garnered a following, featuring true-crime elements and the stories of real-life serial killers. Currently, fans are patiently waiting to see if a season 3 ever materializes.