John Dunkel was born in Springfield, OH, ca. 1915. He attended Wittenberg College. He began his career in the early 1930s
reading plays for the Pasadena Playhouse. He went on to become a head writer for CBS Radio in Hollywood, CA. In the 1950s
he became a prolific television writer working on a number of popular television westerns including, The Virginian, Wagon
Train, Gunsmoke, and Rawhide, among others. He died February 22, 2001 in North Hollywood, CA of natural causes.