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===Career===
 
===Career===
Ron Sproat's earliest television credits included ''United States Steel Hour'' and ''General Motors Presents''.
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Ron Sproat's earliest television credts 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>
 
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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===Death===
 
===Death===
Sproat suffered a heart attack and died on November 6, 2009. He was 77 years old.<ref>[[Dark Shadows News Page]] - [http://darkshadowsnews.blogspot.com/2009/11/ron-sproat-dies.html ''Ron Sproat Dies'']</ref><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>
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Sproat suffered a heart attack and died on November 6, 2009. He was 77 years old.<ref>[[Dark Shadows News Page]] - [http://darkshadowsnews.blogspot.com/2009/11/ron-sproat-dies.html ''Ron Sproat Dies'']</ref><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>
   
 
== Writing credits ==
 
== Writing credits ==
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