Ronald K. Parker '67

Screenwriter and Movie Producer

Ronald K. Parker's career in the entertainment business began at HHS where he acted in plays and wrote for the school newspaper and yearbook. He also wrote occasional editorials and movie reviews for the Hutchinson News. In his senior year, Parker won the prestigious National Council of Teachers English Award.

Parker attended the University of Kansas and graduated with a degree in journalism in 1972. He was immediately hired as a literary consultant at a prestigious Hollywood talent agency. Two years later, he left Hollywood for Broadway where he was an associate producer of several Broadway musicals and plays.

After returning to Hollywood, Parker became the Director of Development for the Producers Circle Company. He later served as Vice President of Creative Affairs for Marble Arch Productions, where he supervised the production of more than a dozen films.

In the 1980s, Parker became a motion picture and television producer. Several of Parker's productions received Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes. In the 1990s, Ron steered his career back towards his first love--writing. He soon became one of the head writers of movies and miniseries on television, with credits including Joan of Arc and Nuremberg.

Parker also teaches classes and workshops at the University of Southern California, the University of Washington and the University of Kansas. His achievements earn him a place of distinction on the Wall of Honor.