(written from a Production point of view)
Dawson worked with legendary director Sam Peckinpah on five of his fourteen films, including the The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, The Getaway, and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.
He has appeared in many documentaries about Peckinpah, including Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron, Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade, A Simple Adventure Story: Sam Peckinpah, Mexico and The Wild Bunch and Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah.
Dawson worked with Ira Steven Behr on the short-lived Bret Maverick television series in the early 1980s. Dawson also wrote episodes of Bonanza, Lou Grant, The Rockford Files, Walker, Texas Ranger, Renegade, Silk Stalkings, and Diagnosis Murder,