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Samuel A. Peeples
|Born||Samuel Anthony Peeples|
September 22, 1917
|Died||August 27, 1997(aged 79)|
|Pen name||Brad Ward|
|Relatives||Samuel Calvin Peeples, father. Lillius Ettie Hamblin, mother.|
Samuel Anthony Peeples (September 22, 1917 – August 27, 1997) was an American writer. He published several novels in the Western genre, often under the pen name Brad Ward, before moving into American series television after being given a script assignment by Frank Gruber. In addition to writing Western television scripts, he created several Western series, notably Lancer (1968), Frontier Circus (1961), The Tall Man (1961), and co-created the series Custer (1967).
Peeples was a literary science fiction enthusiast who also occasionally wrote science fiction for Television, starting by providing advice and reference material to friend and colleague Gene Roddenberry as the latter created what became the original Star Trek series. Peeples was one of three writers selected to write a proposed second pilot for the series, and his script, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1965), was filmed and sold the series. He contributed the first aired episode of the animated Star Trek series, "Beyond the Farthest Star" (1973). He also worked with Roddenberry on the script for the 1977 TV movie (and unsuccessful series pilot) Spectre. Peeples wrote an unused alternative script, Worlds That Never Were, for the second Star Trek motion picture. The name of one character from his draft, Doctor Savik, would eventually get reused for the character Lieutenant Saavik.
Peeples wrote a number of episodes for Filmation's live action Space Academy and Jason of Star Command series and wrote the script for their animated TV movie and seven first season episodes of the Flash Gordon series that resulted from it.
Peeples died of cancer on September 22, 1997 at age 79.
- The Dream Ends in Fury (1949) (paperback title: Outlaw Vengeance)
- The Hanging Hills (as Brad Ward) (1952)
- Johnny Sundance (as Brad Ward) (1953)
- The Marshal Of Medicine Bend (as Brad Ward) (1954)
- The Baron of Boot Hill (as Brad Ward) (1954)
- The Lobo Horseman (1955) aka (The Lobo Horseman: Was he the last threat to Dynamite Valley?)
- The Call of the Gun (1955)
- The Man from Andersonville (1956) (as Brad Ward)
- Terror at Tres Alamos (1956)
- Doc Colt (1957)
- Frontier Street (as Brad Ward) (1958)
- The Man Who Died Twice (1976)
- Why I Am A Gangster (1978)
- Advance to the Rear (with William Bowers) 1967
- Final Chapter: Walking Tall (with Howard B. Kreitzek) 1977
Television Series, as creator
‘’Tales of Wells Fargo,, 1958
- “The Most Dangerous ManAlive”
- Wanted: Dead or Alive 1958
- "The Bounty"
- "Rawhide Breed"
- "Bounty for a Bride"
- The Rifleman 1958
- "The Angry Gun
- Bonanza 1959
- "The Saddle Stiff"
- Overland Trail 1960
- "Daughter of the Sioux"
- "First Stage to Denver"
- "High Bridge"
- "The Most Dangerous Gentleman"
- "Vigilantes of Montana"
- "Westbound Stage"
- Burke's Law 1963
- The Rogues 1964
- "Our Men in Marawat"
- A Man Called Shenandoah 1965
- The Legend of Jesse James (1965)
- Star Trek 1966
- Star Trek 1973
- Jason of Star Command (1978)
- season 1, episodes 1 to 6
- Spectre (with Gene Roddenberry) 1977
- A Real American Hero 1978
- Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All 1982
- Scheimer, Lou (2012). Creating the Filmation Generation. TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 97, 142, 150, 152, 167. ISBN 160549044X.