Monday, November 16, 2009

Ron Sproat Dies

It is with sadness that we report the death of longtime Dark Shadows writer Ron Sproat. Ron died at his apartment in Manhattan of a heart attack on November 6, aged 77. In addition to contributing numerous scripts for Dark Shadows, Ron was a key player in the development of the character of Barnabas, who cemented the show's transition into mainstream popularity. 

In addition to his work on Dark Shadows, Ron contributed scripts to several other soaps, including Strange Paradise, Never Too Young, Secret Storm and The Doctors. His other television credits included United States Steel Hour and General Motors Presents. Latterly, he worked as a magazine and feature writer, and as a lyricist contributed to musicals such as Ravenswood and Abie's Island Rose.

He is survived by his sister, and Frank Evans, his partner. Click on the links to read obituaries from Playbill and Variety.


Anonymous said...

I was so sorry to read of Mr. Sproat's passing. I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Sproat in NYC about 17 years ago. I was discussing Dark Shadows with a friend who was not familiar with the classic series. He approached me in a gentleman fashion and introduced himself and I was thrilled to meet the man responsible for the incarnation of Barnabas Collins and many storylines on Dark Shadows. I am watching Dark Shadows on vhs and dvd and I am once again enjoying the magic he was a part of. Thank you Rob Sproat for the wonderful memories.

Rubyred-Sharon said...

Wonderfully said above and much Heartfelt condolences to Rob SPROAT's Family for such a treasure loss of one of DARK SHADOWS Classic Creative-Storyline writter(s). Rest in peace.