While studying pre-med at the University of Pennsylvania WWII erupted.
Leaving college to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, First Lieutenant Aurthur was assigned to work in communications as a combat correspondent.
After his wartime service, First Lieutenant Aurthur became a screenwriter and created teleplays for the early days of television, including writing for Campbell Playhouse, Goodyear Television Playhouse, and The Philco Television Playhouse, where he earned an Emmy nomination for "A Man is Ten Feet Tall". First Lieutenant Aurthur also wrote from Playhouse 90, where his teleplay "A Sound of Different Drummers" closely resembles Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451". He was also served as the Vice President of Television production for United Artists.
Dipping into screenplays in the late 1950s, he wrote several well-known works, including "Spring Reunion", "Warlock", and "Grand Prix", and earned an Academy Award nomination for his writing in the movie "All That Jazz". He also wrote regular articles and stories for Esquire Magazine.
First Lieutenant Robert Alan Aurthur died on November 20, 1978.