Manny Coto, Award-Winning Producer of 24, Dexter, and American Horror Story, Dies at 62

Manny Coto, an award-winning writer and producer known for his contributions to Fox's popular action series 24, has sadly passed away. Coto's family announced his passing on Monday, confirming that he peacefully passed away at his residence in Pasadena on Sunday after bravely battling pancreatic cancer for 13 months. At the time of his passing, Coto, who was 62 years old, was surrounded by his loved ones.

Coto's remarkable career primarily revolved around his exceptional work behind the scenes, as he played an integral role in numerous successful TV shows throughout the years. He notably shared an Emmy award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2005 for his writing and executive production work on the fifth season of 24. Besides his significant contributions to the original 24 series, Coto also co-created its sequels, 24: Live Another Day and 24: Legacy.

In addition to his involvement with 24, Coto made notable contributions to major shows like Dexter and American Horror Story. He served as an executive producer for four seasons of American Horror Story and three seasons of Dexter, earning him another Emmy nomination. Furthermore, he extended his association with the AHS franchise by executive producing American Horror Stories and directing an episode in 2021.

Coto co-created the Fox series neXt and the sci-fi series Odyssey 5, which aired on Showtime in 2002. Interestingly, it was while working on Odyssey 5 that he met his wife, Robin, who served as a visual effects producer. His notable credits also include Star Trek: Enterprise, The Outer Limits, and The Exorcist.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, Coto pursued his passion for directing, with his notable projects including the 1997 sci-fi film Star Kid, for which he also wrote the screenplay and directed. Additionally, he directed the Disney Channel Original Movie Zenon: The Zequel in 2001.

Coto is survived by his wife, Robin, and their children Manny, Riley, Charlotte, and Finlay. He is also remembered by his mother, Norma, his sister, Normi, his brother, Juan Carlos, as well as eight nieces and nephews.

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