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Ron Sproat

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Ronald Sproat 2 November 1932 – 6 November 2009 in Manhattan, New York was an American screenwriter and playwright known for Dark Shadows


  • 1 Biography
    • 11 Career
    • 12 Education
  • 2 References
  • 3 External links



Sproat is best known for his work on Dark Shadows, the 1960s ABC Daytime gothic soap opera Sproat created the vampire character Barnabas Collins, and turned the low-rated show into a huge national success Sproat worked on the show from October 1966 through January 1969

Sproat also worked on several other soap operas, including Never Too Young, a 1965-1966 ABC soap aimed at teenagers, Where the Heart Is, a 1969-1973 CBS family melodrama, Strange Paradise, a Canadian soap opera that aired in syndication in the United States from 1969 to 1970 Love of Life, The Doctors, and The Secret Storm

In addition to television writing, Sproat has also written for musical theatre including Abie's Island Rose and Back Home: The War Brides Musical, both of which ran off Broadway He penned the play 'The Dry Season' which was performed in 1954 by The Hamilton College Charlatans


Sproat received his MA from the University of Michigan, and performed undergraduate work at Hamilton College While at Hamilton College, he won the William Duncan Saunders Award for creative writing Sproat also attended Yale University where he earned a MFA While attending Michigan, Sproat was also the recipient of the Avery Hopwood Award


  1. ^ tributescom entry Accessed 11 December 2009
  2. ^ Playbill obit Accessed 17 November 2009
  3. ^ Variety obit Accessed 17 November 2009
  4. ^ a b "Musical Mondays: Cast & Creative Details" musicalmondaysorg Archived from the original on 2009-01-05 Retrieved 2008-10-07 
  5. ^ Wilson, Ann 1995 Dark Shadows Program Guide Pomegranate Press ISBN 0938817388 
  6. ^ Kravit, Katie "TV writer Ron Sproat dies at 77" Variety Retrieved 2014-12-28 
  7. ^ "Abie's Got an Island Rose; New Tuner Begins April 29 in NYC" playbillcom 2000-04-29 Retrieved 2008-10-07 
  8. ^ "War Brides Sing Their Songs 'Back Home' at NYMF, 9/24-30" broadwayworldcom 2007-09-03 Retrieved 2008-10-07 

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