Samuel D. Ratcliffe was an Emmy-winning screenwriter for daytime television.
He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Birmingham Southern College, moving to New York in 1968 to pursue a career as an actor. From 1968 until the mid-seventies, he appeared in commercials, films and theatre. He was Matt in the long-running off-Broadway play, The Fantasticks and starred in the Broadway musical, Hurry Harry.
In 1976 he began to write for daytime television dramas. He won numerous awards, including a Daytime Emmy in 1991 for his work as head writer for NBC Daytime's Santa Barbara. He also served as Head Writer for NBC's Texas and Another World.