William Froug

Show Count: 19
Series Count: 5
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: May 26, 1922

William Froug (Born May 26, 1922) is an Emmy award-winning American television writer and producer. His producing credits include the series The Twilight Zone, Gilligan's Island, andBewitched. In addition he wrote teleplays for The Dick Powell Show, Charlie's Angels, and The New Twilight Zone. He has written numerous books on screenwriting, including Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade, Zen and the Art of Screenwriting I and II, The Screenwriter Looks at The Screenwriter and How I Escaped from Gilligan's Island: Adventures of a Hollywood Writer-Producer,published in 2005 by the University of Wisconsin Press. Froug founded the writing program at UCLA film school, and finished his teaching career with screenwriting workshops from 1994-1995 at Florida State University's film conservatory, then located in Sarasota.

One of Froug's students, actor and screenwriter Dan O'Bannon, included a reference to Froug in the 1974 film Dark Star. O'Bannon's character, Sergeant Pinback, claims that his real name is "Bill Froug."

William Froug was born in Brooklyn, New York in May 1922 and placed for adoption through the Louise Wise agency. He was adopted by William and Rita Froug of Little Rock, Arkansas where he spent his childhood before the family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma (Froug's Department Stores).

Froug attended, and graduated from, the renowned Journalism School at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1943 before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Lt.(jg) before taking command of the sub chaser, the USS PC 800, stationed at Pearl Harbor.

Source: Wikipedia

CBS Radio WorkshopCBS Radio Workshop
Show Count: 73
Broadcast History: 27 January 1956 to 22 September 1957
Cast: Various, Aldus Huxley, William Conrad, Parley Baer, Lurene Tuttle, Jack Kruschen, Joseph Kearns, Vic Perrin, Sam Edwards, Gloria Henry, Charlotte Lawrence
Director: Jack Johnstone, William N Robson, Dee Engelbach, Elliott Lewis, Antony Ellis
Producer: William Froug
The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental dramatic radio anthology series that aired on CBS from January 27, 1956, until September 22, 1957. Subtitled “radio’s distinguished series to man’s imagination,” it was a revival of the earlier Columbia Experimental Laboratory (1931), Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory (1932) and Columbia Workshop broadcasts by CBS from 1936 to 1943, and used some of the same writers and directors employed on the earlier series'.
Hallmark PlayhouseHallmark Playhouse
Show Count: 123
Broadcast History: 10 June 1948 to 1 February 1953 and 8 February 1953 to 27 March 1955
Sponsor: Hallmark Cards
Cast: Irene Dunne, Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore
Director: Dee Engelbach, William Gay, William Froug
Host: James Hilton
In 1948, a new series called the Hallmark Playhouse was launched by Hallmark Cards, replacing the popular series, The Radio Reader's Digest, which had documented the true stories published in the Reader's Digest magazine.
Jeff Regan, InvestigatorJeff Regan, Investigator
Show Count: 45
Broadcast History: 10 July 1948 to 18 December 1948, and 5 October 1949 to 27 August 1950
Cast: Jack Webb, Wilms Herbert, Frank Graham, Frank Nelson
Producer: Sterling Tracy
Broadcast: October 31, 1948
Added: Jun 08 2013