TV Writers List of Bonanza Writers

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List of every famous television writer who has written for Bonanza, listed alphabetically with photos when available. List includes anyone who was or is on the writing staff for Bonanza. Staff writers as well as guest writers for Bonanza are included when available, along with more information about each Bonanza writer. If you're an aspiring writer and a fan of Bonanza, then this writing staff from Bonanza should be studied closely.

A list made up of writers like Michael Landon and Robert Pirosh.

This list helps answer the question, “Who wrote for Bonanza?”

age 90 Anthony Lawrence is a screenwriter, television producer and actor.

Arthur Heinemann is a screenwriter and animator.

Died at 68 (1912-1980) Bill S. Ballinger was a prolific American author and screenwriter. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin and was an associate professor of writing at the California State University ...more

Died at 71 (1900-1971) Borden Chase was an American writer.

Died at 82 (1916-1998) Carey Wilber is a screenwriter.


Died at 64 (1926-1990) Clair Huffaker was a U.S. screenwriter and author of westerns and other fiction, many of which were turned into films. He served in the United States Navy in World War II and then studied in ...more

Died at 61 (1918-1979) Daniel B. Ullman was a screenwriter.

Died at 94 (1916-2010) David Dortort, was a Hollywood screenwriter and producer, widely known for his role as producer in two successful NBC television series: Bonanza and The High Chaparral. Dortort's focus shifted ...more

Died at 84 (1918-2002) Dean Riesner was a prolific American film and television writer. Riesner's father, Charles Reisner, was a German American silent film director, and Dean began acting in films at the age of five. ...more

Died at 77 (1929-2006) Denne Bart Petitclerc was an American journalist, war correspondent, author, television producer, and screenwriter.

Dick Nelson is screenwriter and actor.

Died at 93 (1918-2011) Donald S. Sanford was an American television, radio and film screenwriter. Sanford was known for his work on numerous television series, as well as his role as the author of the screenplay for ...more

Douglas Day Stewart is an American screenwriter. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College.

Died at 77 (1921-1998) E. Jack Neuman was a screenwriter and film producer.


Elliott Arnold Died at 68 (1912-1980) Elliott Arnold was an American newspaper feature writer, novelist, and screenwriter. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and became a feature writer with the New York World-Telegram. Among his ...more

Died at 88 (1915-2003) Fred Freiberger was an American film and television writer and television producer, whose career spanned four decades and work on such films and TV series as The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Star ...more

Died at 49 (1924-1973) Gene L. Coon was an American screenwriter and television producer. He is best remembered for his work on the original Star Trek series.

Died at 87 (1920-2007) George W. George was an American theater, Broadway and film producer. His credits included the 1981 film My Dinner With Andre and several hit Broadway productions.

Died at 75 (1924-1999) Harold Jack Bloom was a television producer and screenwriter who scored a notable hit with his first major screenplay to the classic Anthony Mann Western The Naked Spur in 1953, earning an Oscar ...more


Died at 78 (1929-2007) Jack B. Sowards was a screenwriter.

age 91 Jack Turley is a screenwriter.

Died at 70 (1910-1980) Jerry Adelman was a screenwriter.

Died at 60 (1902-1962) John Tucker Battle is a screenwriter.

Died at 78 (1921-1999) Lawrence Wolcott Markes was an American comedian, singer and screenwriter. Markes was born in Brooklyn, New York, and decided at an early age to become a writer. Soon after graduating from the ...more

Died at 83 (1905-1988) Michael Fessier is a screenwriter and film producer.

Died at 55 (1936-1991) Michael Landon (October 31, 1936 – July 1, 1991) was an American actor, writer, director, and producer, who starred in three popular NBC TV series that spanned three decades. He is widely known ...more

Died at 77 (1933-2010) Myles Wilder was a television comedy writer and producer. Wilder attended and graduated from UCLA's Theater Arts Department. During his senior year, he and two of his friends, Mitch Rose and ...more

Died at 90 (1911-2001) Norman Lessing was an American television screenwriter and producer, playwright, chess master, and chess writer.

Died at 85 (1923-2008) Paul Schneider was an American screenwriter who worked in television and film between the 1950s and the 1980s. He is probably best remembered for two episodes of the original Star Trek series: ...more

Died at 79 (1910-1989) Robert Pirosh was a screenwriter, film director, television and film producer.

Died at 80 (1917-1997) Samuel A. Peeples was a writer and a screenwriter.

Died at 91 (1913-2004) Seeleg Lester was a screenwriter.


age 46 Stephen Lord is a British actor probably best known for playing Jase Dyer in the BBC soap opera EastEnders between 2007-2008 and Dominic Meak in Shameless.

Died at 86 (1926-2012) Stephen Lord was a tv producer and screenwriter.

age 81 William Frederick Blinn is an American screenwriter and television producer.

William Douglas Lansford Died at 91 (1922-2013) William Douglas Lansford was an author, screenwriter, and film producer.

Died at 74 (1929-2003) William Kelley is an Edgar award winning author.

William R. Cox Died at 87 (1901-1988) William Robert Cox was an American author. He was a prolific writer of short stories and Western and Mystery novels mainly for the pulp and paperback markets. He wrote under at least six ...more