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Arch Oboler

Born: Dec 7, 1909

Death: Mar 19, 1987

Birthplace: Chicago

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Arch Oboler

Date of Birth : Dec 7, 1909
Date of Death : Mar 19, 1987
Birth Place : Chicago

Arch Oboler was an American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, and director who was active in radio, films, theater, and television. He generated much attention with his radio scripts, particularly the horror series Lights Out, and his work in radio remains the outstanding period of his career. Praised as one of broadcasting's top talents, he is regarded today as a key innovator of radio drama. Oboler's personality and ego were larger than life. Radio historian John Dunning wrote, "Few people were ambivalent when it came to Arch Oboler. He was one of those intense personalities who are liked and disliked with equal fire."


  • Film Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Film director
  • Television producer
  • Playwright
  • Novelist
  • Television Director


  • Leon Oboler
  • Clara Oboler


  • Eleanor Helfand


  • Peter Oboler
  • Guy Oboler
  • Steven Oboler
  • David Oboler

Awards Won

  • Peabody Award
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