Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in Creative Writing and taught school from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in the Army, serving at Sandia Base, New Mexico as a special services worker. He wrote, produced and directed one show per month for the Enlisted Men's Club.
In 1958, Mr. Sharkey went to New York to begin a full-time freelance writing career. He wrote science fiction stories and novels, humor articles and mystery novels. In 1961, he returned to Chicago, where he worked as joke editor for Playboy Magazine before serving as editor of the Allstate Insurance Company Magazine from 1964-75.
Mr. Sharkey wrote his first stage comedy in 1965. At the end of 1975, he went exclusively into playwriting, which he continued until a few months before his death. He has 83 published plays written under his own name and four others - Rick Abbot, Monk Ferris, Mark Chandler and Mike Johnson. Mike Johnson wrote only stage thrillers. All the other plays are comedies and/or musicals. The plays are performed all around the world. Mr. Sharkey died of cancer on September 28, 1992.
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