DiPego has also written extensively for television with some 30 longform telefilms on his résumé, including Phenomenon II, which aired in November 2003 and A Family Upside Down, which earned DiPego a nomination from the Writers Guild of America. A Family Upside Down also won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Made For Television, as well as an Emmy for its lead actor Fred Astaire. Among DiPego's other television credits are Born Innocent, which also earned him a nomination from the Writers Guild of America, and two Christopher Awards for I Heard The Owl Call My Name and One More Mountain. The son of an Italian immigrant father and an Italian-American mother, DiPego was born in Chicago and moved to the small town of Round Lake, Illinois, where he worked in the family grocery store. He studied journalism at Northern Illinois University and worked as a reporter and teacher.
In 1970, he moved to Los Angeles to work as a screenwriter and novelist. He is married to singer and artist Christine Forde. DiPego has two sons, Justin and Zachary, both screenwriters. He lives in California's Santa Ynez Valley.
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