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List of Gunsmoke Writers

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

Everything from Sam Peckinpah to William Blinn is included on this list.

This list helps answer the question, “Who wrote for Gunsmoke?”
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Bethel Leslie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 70 (1929-1999)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Gunsmoke, Barnaby Jones, Falcon Crest, Family

Episodes: Sam McTavish, M.D., Sister of Death, Rites of Friendship, Dark Journey

Jane Bethel Leslie (August 3, 1929 – November 28, 1999) was an American actress and screenwriter. In her career spanning half a century, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Laurel ...more
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Calvin Clements Sr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 82 (1915-1997)

Series Written: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Wild Wild West, Laredo, The Rifleman, The Sixth Sense, + more

Episodes: The Old Pro, Jaekel, Doctor Herman Schultz, M.D., Eye of the Haunted, + more

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Daniel B. Ullman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 61 (1918-1979)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: The F.B.I., Petrocelli, Wonder Woman, The Virginian, Gunsmoke, + more

Episodes: Time Lock, You Take the High Road, The Contaminator, A Reign of Guns, A Problem of Innocence, + more

Daniel B. Ullman was a screenwriter.
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Dick Nelson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers

Series Written: Rawhide, Freebie and the Bean, Gunsmoke, The Eleventh Hour, Bonanza, + more

Episodes: Gallagher's Sons, Time Bomb, Justice For All, A Second Life, The Seduction of the Bean, + more

Dick Nelson is screenwriter and actor.
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Donald S. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Twelve O'Clock High, Felony Squad, The F.B.I., Bonanza, Thriller, + more

Episodes: The Guests, The Prediction, Flame Out, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Last Hunt, + more

Donald S. Sanford (March 17, 1918 – February 8, 2011) was an American television, radio and film screenwriter. Sanford was known for his work on numerous television series, as well as his role ...more
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E. Jack Neuman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 77 (1921-1998)

Birthplace: Ohio

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Police Story, Bonanza, Cain's Hundred, The Untouchables, Dr. Kildare, + more

Episodes: Slow Boy (1), The Long Goodbye, The Hopefuls, Gravida One, Slow Boy (2), + more

E. Jack Neuman was a screenwriter and film producer.
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Earl W. Wallace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Gunsmoke, Bronk, Baretta, Supertrain, + more

Episodes: Express To Terror (2hr. Series Premiere), I Have Promises to Keep, The Innocent, Dead Man Out, Hard Labor, + more

Earl W. Wallace is an American screen and television writer who began his career in the 1970s writing episodes of the hit CBS Western series Gunsmoke, one of which inspired him, his wife Pamela, ...more
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Francis Cockrell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 81 (1834-1915)

Birthplace: Warrensburg, Missouri, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The F.B.I., The Rogues, Perry Mason, Batman, + more

Episodes: Relative Value, The Minstrel's Shakedown (1), The Well, I Killed the Count (3), Expanding Human, + more

Francis Marion Cockrell (October 1, 1834 – December 13, 1915) was a Confederate military commander and American politician from the state of Missouri. He served as a United States Senator from ...more
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George Eckstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 81 (1928-2009)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: The Invaders, Felony Squad, The Untouchables, The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Gunsmoke, + more

Episodes: Death Is a Double Cross, When the Bough Breaks, The Trial, The Giant Killer, The Judgment (2), + more

George Eckstein (May 3, 1928 – September 12, 2009) was an American writer and television producer whose career spanned three decades, from the early 1960s through the late 1980s. Eckstein was a ...more
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Gilbert Ralston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 87 (1912-1999)

Birthplace: Newcastle, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Series Written: Star Trek: The Original Series, I Spy, The Wild Wild West, Naked City, Laredo, + more

Episodes: The Prisoners of Mr. Sin, Who Mourns for Adonais?, The Time of the Knife, A Child's Game, Preferably, + more

Gilbert Alexander Ralston (January 5, 1912 – March 18, 1999) was a British-American screenwriter, journalist and author. He was a television producer in the 1950s and a screenwriter in the ...more
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Herman Groves is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers

Series Written: The Gallant Men, Rawhide, Surfside 6, Battlestar Galactica, The Rifleman, + more

Episodes: Elegy, The Journey Back, A Place to Die, The Destructors, A Vision of Sugar Plums, + more

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John Mantley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 83 (1920-2003)

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Americas

Nationality: Canada

Series Written: Rawhide, The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won, The Outer Limits

Episodes: The Nick Acropolis Story, The Gang War, Mr. Moon, The Innocent, Behold, + more

John Truman Mantley (April 25, 1920 – January 14, 2003) was a Canadian theatrical actor, writer, director, screenwriter and producer of the long-running television series, Gunsmoke, and was Mary ...more
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John Meston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
John Meston Dec. at 65 (1914-1979)

Birthplace: Pueblo, Colorado

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie

Episodes: Hinka Do, About Chester, Child Of Pain, The Boys, The Blacksmith, + more

John Meston (born John Lyman Meston, July 30, 1914 — March 24, 1979) was an American scriptwriter best known for co-creating with producer Norman Macdonnell the long-running Western series ...more
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Kathleen Hite is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 72 (1917-1989)

Series Written: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Lancer, General Electric Theater, The Monroes, The Guns of Will Sonnett, + more

Episodes: The Milestone, Scot Free, The Search, I Call Him Wonder, The Nurse, + more

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Paul Savage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Age: 48

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: T. J. Hooker, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Chisholms, Daniel Boone, Surfside 6, + more

Episodes: The Bounty Hunter, Runaway, License to Steal, The Death of Matthew Eldridge, The Storm, + more

Paul Savage may refer to: Paul Savage (actor) (born 1962), American actor Paul Savage (musician) (born 1971), Scottish musician and record producer Paul Savage (bobsleigh) (born 1935), American ...more
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Richard Fielder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers

Series Written: Arrest and Trial, Black Saddle, The Virginian, Rawhide, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, + more

Episodes: Heritage, Wedding Cake, The Horse Fighter, The Drummer, Nobody Will Ever Know, + more

Richard Fielder is a screenwriter.
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Robert Lewin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 84 (1920-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: The F.B.I., Star Trek: The Next Generation, I Spy, McMillan & Wife, Rawhide, + more

Episodes: Deadly Heritage, Race, The Hotshot, Recurring Nightmare, Symbiosis, + more

Robert Lewin was a screenwriter.
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Sam Peckinpah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 59 (1925-1984)

Birthplace: USA, California, Fresno

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: The 20th Century Fox Hour, Route 66, The Westerner, The Rifleman, Silk Stalkings, + more

Episodes: Noon Wine, Home Ranch, Blo-Dri, School Days, Powder Burn, + more

David Samuel Peckinpah (; February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director and screenwriter who achieved prominence following the release of the Western epic The Wild Bunch ...more

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Shimon Wincelberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: The Starlost, The Rebel, The Wild Wild West, Rawhide, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, + more

Episodes: The Hearing, The Lady, Dark Secret, The Siege, Spirit Woman, + more

Shimon Wincelberg (September 26, 1924 – September 29, 2004) was an American television writer and Broadway playwright. Born in Kiel, Germany, he wrote for many television shows from the 1950s, ...more
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William Blinn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Age: 82

Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Aaron's Way, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Roots, Rawhide, + more

Episodes: Crossing Patterns, I Count My Life in Coffee Cups, A Nose for News, Strong Foundations, Sounds from a Silent Clock (1), + more

William Frederick Blinn (born July 21, 1937) is an American screenwriter and television producer.
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William Kelley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 74 (1929-2003)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Series Written: T. J. Hooker, Route 66, The Dukes of Hazzard, Three for the Road, Petrocelli, + more

Episodes: Tara, P.S. Murry Christmas, Shanklin, The Ghost Story, The Holy Ground (1) - the Killing, + more

William Kelley is an Edgar award winning author.
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Winston Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Gunsmoke Writers
Dec. at 84 (1910-1994)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Ironside, Barbary Coast, Rawhide, The Virginian, 87th Precinct, + more

Episodes: Incident of the Last Chance, Hired Hand, Spindletop, Mary Had More Than a Little, The Taker, + more

Winston Miller (June 22, 1910 – June 21, 1994) was an American screenwriter, film producer, and actor. He wrote for 62 films and television shows between 1936 and 1976. He began as an actor in ...more