Brian Daley (Brian Daley)

Brian Daley

Brian Daley was born in Englewood, New Jersey at Englewood Hospital, to Charles and Myra Daley. He has an older brother, David, and younger sister, Myra. He grew up in Rockleigh, New Jersey and graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan in 1965. He then joined the army and served a year-long tour of duty in Vietnam. After the army, he attended Jersey City State College, now New Jersey City University, majoring in media. During this time, he wrote his first novel, The Doomfarers of Coramonde. He went on to write the first Star Wars spin-off novels, The Han Solo Adventures. Han Solo at Stars’ End, the first book of the trilogy, was a New York Times bestseller. Daley also adapted the original Star Wars film trilogy as a series of radio dramas for National Public Radio. Brian Daley also wrote under the pseudonym Jack McKinney with his good friend of 20 years, James Luceno. Together, they wrote over 20 Robotech novels and collaborated on the Black Hole Travel Agency series. Luceno is responsible for editing the 1,600-page manuscript of Daley’s GammaLAW quartet, which was published posthumously. Daley and Luceno were also amongst a team of writers for the 1986 television cartoon series The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers. Lucia St. Clair Robson, an author of historical fiction, was Daley’s partner of 14 years. Brian Daley died in Maryland of pancreatic cancer on February 11, 1996, only hours after celebrating the completion of production on the Return of the Jedi radio drama with the cast and crew. The show was dedicated to his memory.


  • December, 22, 1947
  • USA
  • Englewood, New Jersey


  • February, 02, 1996
  • USA
  • Maryland

Cause of Death

  • pancreatic cancer


  • Cremated

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