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Romeo Muller was the writer of many Rankin-Bass holiday specials.

Romeo Muller, Jr. (August 7, 1928 – December 30, 1992) was an American screenwriter and actor most remembered for his screenplays, such as those for the Rankin/Bass holiday specials.


Early years[]

Muller was born on August 7, 1928 in the Bronx, New York and raised on Long Island. His talents in the arts were evident very early on. At age 11, he became a puppeteer at his grade school and eventually he began writing his own plays.

His career in theatre began when he joined an acting troupe called "Theater Go Round" in Virginia Beach, Virginia with producer/friend Lesley Savage. At this time, Romeo wrote plays such as Angel With The Big, Big Ears and The Great Getaway, which eventually became the Rankin-Bass off Broadway play A Month Of Sundays. Since Romeo was a big man at six-foot-two and 300 pounds, he decided to stay away from acting and turn his attention towards writing.


After writing material for comedian Jack Benny, Muller was discovered by CBS founder William Paley and selected to be a staff writer for the prestigious Studio One and Philco Theatre. He wrote one of the most popular episodes for the Studio One series entitled "Love Me To Pieces, Baby".

In 1963, Muller met with producer/directors Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass and began a relationship that would last for years. Rankin and Bass asked Romeo to write a screenplay for their first network television special, entitled Return To Oz, which aired on NBC's The General Electric Fantasy Hour. The show was a success and set the stage for their first Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Muller embellished the short story of Robert May into an hour-long broadcast and added a variety of characters into the story.

Muller was also known for his screenplays in other such specials as Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, The Little Drummer Boy (which he personally admitted was his favorite of the specials he wrote for Rankin/Bass), and Frosty the Snowman, among many others.

Muller passed away in his sleep of a heart attack at his home in shortly after a diagnosis of cancer on December 30, 1992.

Christmas filmography[]


Production Year Position
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1964 Adapter
Cricket on the Hearth 1967
The Little Drummer Boy 1968
Frosty the Snowman 1969
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town 1970 Teleplay
Rudolph's Shiny New Year 1976 Adapter
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey 1977
The Stingiest Man in Town 1978
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July 1979 Screenplay
The Little Rascals Christmas Special Adapter
Jack Frost Writer
Pinocchio's Christmas 1980 Adapter
The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold 1981 Writer
The Wish That Changed Christmas 1991 Teleplay
Noël 1992 Creator
The Twelve Days of Christmas 1993 Story


Production Year Character
Noël 1992

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerCricket on the HearthThe Little Drummer BoyFrosty the SnowmanSanta Claus is Comin' to Town • "A Christmas Tree" • 'Twas the Night Before ChristmasThe Year Without a Santa ClausThe First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas SnowFrosty's Winter WonderlandRudolph's Shiny New YearThe Little Drummer Boy, Book IINestor, the Long-Eared Christmas DonkeyThe Stingiest Man in TownRudolph and Frosty's Christmas in JulyJack FrostPinocchio's ChristmasThe Leprechauns' Christmas GoldThe Life and Adventures of Santa ClausSanta, Baby!