Arthur Dales was born Arthur L. Dimsdale on April 21, 1914 in Sioux City Iowa. He began his career scripting film shorts in 1938, and went on to write episodes for dozens of television shows up until 1988, including ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’, ‘Zane Grey Theater’, ‘Ben Casey’, ‘Mannix’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘Medical Center’ and ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’. In addition, Dimsdale served as story consultant/story editor for ‘Mannix’, ‘The Zoo Gang’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘Quincy M.E.’, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’. He had been blacklisted during the McCarthy era, and was only able to work using a toupee and dark glasses, along with his pseudonym of Arthur Howard Dales. After retiring, he accepted a teaching position with the American Film Institute, where two writers/creators/producers of ‘The X-Files’ Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban, studied under him in 1990 and 1991. They later included tributes to him in several episodes, including using his pseudonym of Arthur Dales for one character and Dimsdale's name in a newspaper in another episode. Howard Dimsdale died in Los Angeles on August 27, 1991.
As Arthur Dales he wrote the screenplay for the Euro-western “The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw” (1958)
Today we remember Howard L. Dimsdale alias Arthur Dales on what would have been his 100th birthday.
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