From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dan Totheroh (July 22, 1894- December 3, 1976) was an American author, playwright, and screenwriter. Dan Totheroh was born in San Francisco, CA and raised largely in Marin County. He began writing plays in high school, enjoying early success as his first play toured through surrounding towns. He was drafted into World War I, which thwarted his dreams for an acting career. In the 1920s Totheroh began writing plays professionally, and initially struggled to make a living. He eventually found success and several of his plays were produced onstage in New York. Some of his most famous works include his collaborations on the screenplays for The Devil and Daniel Webster and The Count of Monte Cristo. His career ended in the late 1940s, and he died in 1976, at the age of 82.