Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey
(1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey 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 the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After
that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr.
Sharkey enlisted in the Army. He served 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 and then was Editor of the Allstate Insurance Company Magazine
for 11 years 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 passed away on September 28, 1992 after a bout with cancer.