CHARLES M. WARREN
Screenwriter and Novelist
Charles Marquis Warren, 77, a novelist and film scenarist whose fascination with frontier lore helped bring such adult Westerns as "Gunsmoke," "Rawhide" and "The Virginian" to television screens, died Aug. 11 in a Los Angeles hospital after surgery for an aneurysm.
He sold more than 250 articles of pulp fiction and became a regular contributor to the Saturday Evening Post. After writing and directing a series of Hollywood westerns, he wrote the television pilot for "Gunsmoke" for CBS, and in 1955 began to produce the classic series. He directed 26 episodes that first year while also writing five of the original teleplays, but he opted in 1956 to return to films.
In 1959, he returned to CBS to create "Rawhide," casting unknown actor Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates in those tales of sprawling cattle drives. Three years later, he began what became the nine-year saga of "The Virginian," which starred James Drury. He also wrote for "Playhouse 90" and was producer, director and writer for the "Iron Horse" television series, starring Dale Robertson, about the travails of a railroad moving west. His last motion picture was Elvis Presley's "Charro" in 1969.
Sara Seegar, 76, who played Mrs. Wilson on the television series "Dennis the Menace," died Aug. 12 in a hospital in Langhorne, Pa. The cause of death was not reported.
"Dennis the Menace" was broadcast from 1959 to 1963. Miss Seegar played the second Mrs. Wilson from 1962 to 1963.
She appeared as a character actress on Broadway and in London, on radio and television and as one of the town ladies in the movie version of "The Music Man." Since 1967, she had been active in training young actors through the American College Theater Festival, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the music and theater department of the Army.
RALPH E. HARRISON
Hawaiian Punch Inventor
Ralph E. Harrison, 83, the inventor of Hawaiian Punch fruit drink, died Aug. 10 in Three Rivers, Calif., after a heart attack.
He developed the beverage for Pacific Citrus Products, later known as Pacific Hawaiian Products Co. After retiring as vice president in 1969, Mr. Harrison acquired citrus property and moved to Three Rivers.