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'''Ron Sproat''' was an American screenwriter and playwright. Sproat was one of the more prolific writers on [[Dark Shadows (1966)|''Dark Shadows'']] and the creator of [[Barnabas Collins]].<ref>[[Wikipedia:Playbill.com|Playbill.com]] - [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/134640-Ron-Sproat-Librettist-and-Soap-Writer-Dies-at-77 ''Ron Sproat, Librettist and Soap Writer, Dies at 77'']</ref>
'''Ron Sproat '''(November 2, 1932-November 6, 2009) was an American screenwriter and playwright. Sproat was one of the more prolific writers on [[Dark Shadows (1966)|''Dark Shadows'']] and the co-creator of [[Barnabas Collins]] along with Joe Caldwell.<ref>[[Wikipedia:Playbill.com|Playbill.com]] - [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/134640-Ron-Sproat-Librettist-and-Soap-Writer-Dies-at-77 ''Ron Sproat, Librettist and Soap Writer, Dies at 77'']</ref>
 
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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Ron Sproat's earliest television credits included ''United States Steel Hour'' and ''General Motors Presents''.
 
Ron Sproat's earliest television credits included ''United States Steel Hour'' and ''General Motors Presents''.
   
Sproat began writing for ''Dark Shadows'' in [[1966 productions|1966]], with his first credit being in November with episode [[94]]. When it came time to start casting the [[vampire]] character, he immediately thought of Jonathan Frid and suggested him. [[Dan Curtis]] was unable to personally oversee the casting of the vampire, as he was in [[London]] preparing his production of ''The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde''. Curtis was sent two packages of photographs, one of standard head-shots and another of an actor on stage. Curtis chose the actor on stage, Jonathan Frid.<ref>[http://msbhall.wordpress.com/ Nantucket '73] [[Matt Hall]]'s blog - [http://msbhall.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/on-the-death-of-jonathan-frid/ ''On the Death of Jonathan Frid'']</ref> Frid met with Sproat after he got the part, and had discussions about the character.{{Citation needed}} Curtis later expressed dissatisfaction with Frid's appearance after meeting him.<ref>[http://msbhall.wordpress.com/ Nantucket '73] [[Matt Hall]]'s blog - [http://msbhall.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/on-the-death-of-jonathan-frid/ ''On the Death of Jonathan Frid'']</ref>
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Sproat began writing for ''Dark Shadows'' in [[1966 productions|1966]], with his first credit being in November with episode [[94]]. When it came time to start casting the [[vampire]] character, he immediately thought of Jonathan Frid and suggested him. [[Dan Curtis]] was unable to personally oversee the casting of the vampire, as he was in [[London]] preparing his production of ''The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde''. Curtis was sent two packages photographs, one of standard head-shots and another of an actor on stage. Curtis chose the actor on stage, Jonathan Frid.<ref>[http://msbhall.wordpress.com/ Nantucket '73] [[Matt Hall]]'s blog - [http://msbhall.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/on-the-death-of-jonathan-frid/ ''On the Death of Jonathan Frid'']</ref> Frid met with Sproat after he got the part, and had discussions about the character.{{Citation needed}} Curtis later expressed dissatisfaction with Frid's appearance after meeting him.<ref>[http://msbhall.wordpress.com/ Nantucket '73] [[Matt Hall]]'s blog - [http://msbhall.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/on-the-death-of-jonathan-frid/ ''On the Death of Jonathan Frid'']</ref>
   
 
Sproat later wrote for the Canadian supernatural soap opera [[Wikipedia:Strange Paradise|''Strange Paradise'']].
 
Sproat later wrote for the Canadian supernatural soap opera [[Wikipedia:Strange Paradise|''Strange Paradise'']].
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== Writing credits ==
 
== Writing credits ==
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[[94]], [[95]], [[98]], [[99]], [[100]], [[135]], [[211]], [[212]], [[213]], [[216]], [[221]], [[223]], [[225/226]], [[228]], [[230]], [[232]], [[349]], [[683]]
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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