The official Universal Television biography released during the run of Quantum Leap
Donald Paul Bellisario is the creator and executive producer of Quantum Leap and Tequila and Bonetti, as well as the creator of such other highly successful television series as Magnum, P.I.
In 1965 Don became a copywriter for a small advertising agency in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and three years later he moved to Dallas to become creative director of the nationally known Bloom Agency. By 1976, after eight years at Bloom, Bellisario was senior vice president, creative director and a member of the board of directors.
Moving to Hollywood, Bellisario was a producer on Baa Baa Black Sheep for a year, and then supervising producer on Battlestar Galactica before becoming involved in development. He created Magnum, P.I., the series that made Tom Selleck an international star, as well as Tales of the Gold Monkey and Airwolf, serving as executive producer on all three.
In 1987 Bellisario's first feature Last Rites, which he wrote, produced and directed, starred Tom Berenger as a priest who uses his church to shelter a young woman from the Mafia. By that time, he had begun development on Quantum Leap, a show that lets him explore his interest in recent history, as well as a variety of television formats: comedy, social commentary, action adventure.
Don was born in Cokeburg, Pennsylvania. Apart from flying helicopters, Bellisario is an avid golfer (handicap: 9).