William G. Hanley, an author, playwright and screenwriter, died on Friday, May 25, at his Ridgefield home at the age of 80.

A native of Lorain, Ohio, Mr. Hanley was born on Oct. 22, 1931, a son of William Gerald and Anne Rodgers Hanley. His uncles included British novelists James Hanley and Gerald Hanley, and a sister, Ellen Hanley, was an actress.

Mr. Hanley had a long career in writing. Among his works were the plays Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, Whisper in My Good Ear, and Mrs. Dally has A Lover, and the teleplays Who'll Save Our Children?, The Long Way Home, and The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank.

He received an Edgar Award for his teleplay for the 1987 miniseries Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder.

His novels included Blue Dreams,  Mixed Feelings, and Leaving Mount Venus, all published in the 1970s.

Services will be private.

Burial will be in the family plot at Mapleshade Cemetery, next to his parents and sister.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., is in charge of arrangements.