After graduating from Adelphi University with a BA degree in Speech and Drama, David Debin began his career in Hollywood as a writer for "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game." Later he teamed with Oscar and Grammy winning composer, Paul Jabara, to write lyrics for a Broadway musical “Rachel Lilly Rosenblum and Don’t You Forget It.”
He sold his first screenplay, “Dick Tracy,” to Universal, and his second, “Goldie and the Boxer,” to NBC. He went on to form a company to produce movies for TV, among them: "Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story," starring Stockard Channing (CBS); “Starmaker," a miniseries starring Rock Hudson, Suzanne Pleshette and Melanie Griffith (NBC); "A Gun in the House," starring Sally Struthers (CBS).
He later served as writer-producer of “Everything’s Relative,” a sitcom starring Jason Alexander, for Columbia and CBS; writer/producer of “The Heat,” starring Billy Campbell, for MGM and CBS. He also wrote episodes for TV series such as “Hearts of the West,” and “Sweating Bullets.” At various times, he was a feature screenwriter under contract to Disney, Warner's and Fox.
In 1992 he published his first novel, “Nice Guys Finish Dead,” with Random House. Two more novels, “The Big O” and “Murder Live At Five,” were published by Carroll & Graf. Writing under a pseudonym with co-author Philip Mittleman, he subsequently published three books of nonfiction with St. Martin’s Press.
With his associate, Peter Brill, M.D., he co-founded the Third Age Foundation and has given seminars to thousands of people, along with workshops and support groups teaching the principles of living creatively in the Third Age. The book of their teachings is “Finding Your J Spot: 7 Steps to JOY in Midlife and Beyond.”
For 16 years he taught Creative Writing at Antioch University Santa Barbara. He also taught extension courses at Santa Barbara City College, and is presently working on a book based on his creative writing course, “Living Your Creative Spirit.”
He is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, the Mystery Writers of America and the Author’s Guild.