Notes for: Clyde Ware

Author, screenwriter, producer and director, Clyde Ware was best known for his writing on such classic television shows as "Gunsmoke," "Dynasty" and "Rawhide." He also did the writing for numerous TV movies, including "Coward of the County," "The Hatfields and the McCoys," "The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd," and "The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory." His two novels were "The Innocents" and "The Eden Tree." The 1971 feature-length movie "No Drums, No Bugles," which he wrote, produced and directed, starred a young Martin Sheen as a conscientious objector hiding out in Doddridge County during the Civil War. Sheen's fictional character, Ashby Gatrell, was inspired by the legend of a local boy of the same name, born in 1886. Filmed on location in Doddridge, the movie also features Clyde Ware's then-wife, actress Davey Davison. It is available in VHS format from Amazon.com via a link at http://www.doddridgecountyroots.com/military.html

There are several discrepancies regarding Clyde Ware's upbringing in West Virginia and his early adulthood. Although widely reported in the entertainment industry as having been born in 1933 or 1936, his 1930 birth is well documented and conforms to his 1948 graduation from Doddridge County High School. One biographical sketch stated that he was the product of a poor Doddridge County family headed by his school janitor father, when in fact his father was a WVU-educated lawyer. It was his maternal grandfather who was listed in the 1940 Census as a janitor at Doddridge County High School. His father's occupation was listed in the 1930 Census as lawyer, but in the 1940 Census as laborer with the WPA, with his education level indicated as 7 years of college. In an interview reported in a Jan 1977 newspaper article, Ware claimed that "when I was six or seven, my father, who was a banker in West Virginia, went to prison for embezzling." A Jan 1972 newspaper article stated "Ware left West Union after high school graduation and migrated to Ohio, where he did 'the Ohio-factory thing,' popular among the state's rural youth, before moving on to New York City to pursue a writing career." Another newspaper article in Dec 1971 had a similar account, stating "Ware is a West Union native who was graduated from Doddridge High School in the late 1940s and, like many of his buddies, moved to Ohio to look for a job. 'I worked at all kinds of jobs -- dishwasher to factory worker -- before drifting into writing,' he said." But a July 1960 newspaper article contradicts that, stating "His climb up the ladder of success began just a few years ago following his graduation from West Virginia University when he went to New York to begin his career in writing," and where he also attended the Lee Strasberg Drama School.

A 1971 interview of Clyde Ware can be found on YouTube at http://youtu.be/AUdwvAgc0qw