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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?”
  • 1
    Dec. at 70 (1929-1999)

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenGunsmoke, Barnaby Jones, Falcon Crest, Family

    EpisodesSam 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
  • 2
    Dec. at 82 (1915-1997)

    Series WrittenAlfred Hitchcock Presents, The Wild Wild West, Laredo, The Rifleman, The Sixth Sense

    EpisodesThe Old Pro, Jaekel, Doctor Herman Schultz, M.D., Eye of the Haunted

  • 3
    Dec. at 61 (1918-1979)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenThe F.B.I., Petrocelli, Wonder Woman, The Virginian, Gunsmoke

    EpisodesTime Lock, You Take the High Road, The Contaminator, A Reign of Guns, A Problem of Innocence

    Daniel B. Ullman was a screenwriter....  more
  • 4
    Dick Nelson is screenwriter and actor....  more
  • 5
    Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenTwelve O'Clock High, Felony Squad, The F.B.I., Bonanza, Thriller

    EpisodesThe Guests, The Prediction, Flame Out, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Last Hunt

    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 as the...  more
  • 6
    Dec. at 77 (1921-1998)


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenPolice Story, Bonanza, Cain's Hundred, The Untouchables, Dr. Kildare

    EpisodesSlow Boy (1), The Long Goodbye, The Hopefuls, Gravida One, Slow Boy (2)

    E. Jack Neuman was a screenwriter and film producer....  more
  • 7
    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, and...  more
  • 8
    Dec. at 81 (1834-1915)

    BirthplaceWarrensburg, Johnson County, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenAlfred Hitchcock Presents, The F.B.I., The Rogues, Perry Mason, Batman

    EpisodesRelative Value, The Minstrel's Shakedown (1), The Well, I Killed the Count (3), Expanding Human

    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
  • 9
    Dec. at 81 (1928-2009)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenThe Invaders, Felony Squad, The Untouchables, The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Gunsmoke

    EpisodesDeath Is a Double Cross, When the Bough Breaks, The Trial, The Giant Killer, The Judgment (2)

    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
  • 10
    Dec. at 87 (1912-1999)

    BirthplaceNewcastle, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

    Series WrittenStar Trek: The Original Series, I Spy, The Wild Wild West, Naked City, Laredo

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

    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 1960s. He...  more
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  • 12
    Dec. at 83 (1920-2003)

    BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, Toronto, Americas


    Series WrittenRawhide, The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won, The Outer Limits

    EpisodesThe Nick Acropolis Story, The Gang War, Mr. Moon, The Innocent, Behold

    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
  • 13
    Dec. at 65 (1914-1979)

    BirthplacePueblo, Colorado

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenGunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie

    EpisodesHinka Do, About Chester, Child Of Pain, The Boys, The Blacksmith

    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 Gunsmoke....  more
  • 14
    Dec. at 72 (1917-1989)

    Series WrittenAlfred Hitchcock Presents, Lancer, General Electric Theater, The Monroes, The Guns of Will Sonnett

    EpisodesThe Milestone, Scot Free, The Search, I Call Him Wonder, The Nurse

  • 15


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenT. J. Hooker, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Chisholms, Daniel Boone, Surfside 6

    EpisodesThe Bounty Hunter, Runaway, License to Steal, The Death of Matthew Eldridge, The Storm

    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
  • 16
    Richard Fielder is a screenwriter....  more
  • 17
    Dec. at 84 (1920-2004)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

    EpisodesDeadly Heritage, Race, The Hotshot, Recurring Nightmare, Symbiosis

    Robert Lewin was a screenwriter....  more
  • 18
    Dec. at 59 (1925-1984)

    BirthplaceFresno, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenThe 20th Century Fox Hour, Route 66, The Westerner, The Rifleman, Silk Stalkings

    EpisodesNoon Wine, Home Ranch, Blo-Dri, School Days, Powder Burn

    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

    #74 of 732 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#17 of 64 The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars#16 of 62 The Best Action Directors in Film History

  • 19
    Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

    BirthplaceKiel, Germany

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenThe Starlost, The Rebel, The Wild Wild West, Rawhide, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    EpisodesThe Hearing, The Lady, Dark Secret, The Siege, Spirit Woman

    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
  • 20

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenAaron's Way, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Roots, Rawhide

    EpisodesCrossing Patterns, I Count My Life in Coffee Cups, A Nose for News, Strong Foundations, Sounds from a Silent Clock (1)

    William Frederick Blinn (born July 21, 1937) is an American screenwriter and television producer....  more
  • 21
    Dec. at 74 (1929-2003)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenT. J. Hooker, Route 66, The Dukes of Hazzard, Three for the Road, Petrocelli

    EpisodesTara, P.S. Murry Christmas, Shanklin, The Ghost Story, The Holy Ground (1) - the Killing

    William Kelley is an Edgar award winning author....  more
  • 22
    Dec. at 84 (1910-1994)

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Series WrittenIronside, Barbary Coast, Rawhide, The Virginian, 87th Precinct

    EpisodesIncident of the Last Chance, Hired Hand, Spindletop, Mary Had More Than a Little, The Taker

    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 silent...  more