|Birthplace:||New York City, NY, U.S.|
|Screenriter / Professor|
|Known for:||The Smurfs, Diff'rent Strokes, Star Trek: The Next Generation, amongst other TV shows in the 1980-90's|
|Appears on/involved with:||Quantum Leap (TV series)|
|Job on series||Wrote story and co-wrote teleplay for episode "A Little Miracle" (Season 3), with Robert A. Wolterstorff|
Born in New York City, Fries, a Hollywood screenwriter, author, and journalist, had always been interested in writing and thus joined Clark University where he received his B.A. in Journalism and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He then joined Columbia University where he got his M.S. Degree in Journalism. While there, Sandy was even awarded with an NBC Fellowship.
After completing his studies, Sandy moved to California where he worked for Young and RUbicam Advertising. He then delved into writing for TV shows and penned episodes of "Diff'rent Strokes", "The Smurfs", and the highly popular "Star Trek: The Next Generation". It was during this time that Sandy joined the Rankin/Bass family and wrote for ThunderCats as well.
Fries is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a former chairman of the Writer's Guild of America Future of Television Seminar, served as judge for the Emmy Awards, and even received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for television writing in 1985 for his work on The Smurfs. He also received a special commendation from the former mayor of Los Angeles for public service television writing.
Currently, Sandy Fries works as an associate professor of mass communication and writing at the College of Dupage in Chicago.
Notes of Interest
- When he was ten years old, he said he wanted to be Walter Cronkite when he grew up.
- His last name Fries is pronounced "Freeze".
- Did journalism interviews with President Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford, President Bill Clinton, and former head of CIA William Colby 
- Faculty Spotlight: Sandy Fries. College of DuPage (IL) website, cod.edu. Retrieved on July 4, 2016.