Clyde Ware

Clyde Coster Ware, Jr (December 22, 1930 – August 30, 2010) was an American television and film screenwriter, director, and producer, best known for his teleplays for The Spy with My Face (1965), Gunsmoke (1965–67) and Coward of the County (1981).


Born in Clarksburg and raised in West Union — both in north-central West Virginia — Ware arrived in Hollywood in 1961 after several years working as an actor in New York City. In the early 1970s, he formed his own independent film production company — Jud-Lee Productions, named after his two children. Ware returned to his native state to film two feature films — No Drums, No Bugles (1972), filmed in Tyler and Doddridge Counties, and When the Line Goes Through (1973), filmed in West Union. (Both starred a young and relatively unknown Martin Sheen.)

Ware produced two novels. The second — The Eden Tree (1971) — was a roman à clef about his family and youth in West Virginia which scandalized his hometown upon publication.


He died of cancer in Los Angeles on August 30, 2010.[1]






  • Bonanza (1972)
    • "Riot" (1972), executive story consultant
    • "The Initiation" (1972), executive story consultant
  • Back to Freedom (1988), script consultant



  • The Innocents (1969)
  • The Eden Tree (1971)[1]


  1. Harrison, Alexa (September 16, 2010). "Writer-director Clyde Ware dies". Variety. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
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