Samuel D. Ratcliffe

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Samuel D. Ratcliffe (born 1945, died 1995 in New York City) was an Emmy-winning screenwriter for daytime television.

He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Birmingham Southern College, moving to New York in 1968 to pursue a career as an actor. From 1968 until the mid-seventies, he appeared in commercials, films and theatre. He was Matt in the long-running off-Broadway play, The Fantasticks and starred in the Broadway musical, Hurry Harry.

In 1976 he began to write for daytime television dramas. He won numerous awards, including a Daytime Emmy in 1991 for his work as head writer for NBC Daytime's Santa Barbara. He also served as Head Writer for NBC's Texas and Another World.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards


  • (1991; Best Writing; Santa Barbara)


  • (1985; Best Writing; Guiding Light)
  • (1985, 1994 & 1996; Best Writing; Another World)

Writers Guild of America Award


  • (1991 & 1992 seasons; Santa Barbara)


  • (1985 season; Guiding Light)
  • (1993 season; Santa Barbara)
  • (1994, 1995 & 1996 seasons; Another World)

Head writing tenure[edit]

Preceded by
John William Corrington
Joyce Hooper Corrington
Head writer of Texas
(with Dorothy Ann Purser)

Succeeded by
Gerald Flesher
Paul Rader
Preceded by
Sheri Anderson
Maralyn Thoma
Head writer of Santa Barbara
(with Maralyn Thoma)
(with Sheri Anderson: June 1990 – July 1990)

June 1990 – February 1991
Succeeded by
Bridget and Jerome Dobson
Preceded by
Donna Swajeski
Head writer of Another World
(with Peggy Sloane)

November 1992 – November 1994
Succeeded by
Carolyn Culliton

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The New York Times