Screenwriters in History

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 160

  • 1853-12-13 Joseph Sickman Corsen, Curacao, musician/composer/screenwriter
  • 1888-04-26 Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright (d. 1981)
  • 1888-11-18 Frances Marion, screenwriter/actress (Pollyanna), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1890-04-23 Marcel L'Herbier, French director/screenwriter (El Dorado)
  • 1891-04-15 Wallace Reid, actor/dir/screenwriter (Every Inch a Man), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1893-02-28 Ben Hecht, American novelist/playwright/screenwriter (Front Page), born in NYC, New York
  • 1893-06-09 Samuel N Behrman, US screenwriter (Tale of 2 Cities, Daddy Long Legs)
  • 1896-01-16 Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • 1897-04-30 Humberto Mauro, Brazillina director and screenwriter (d. 1983)
  • 1897-12-05 Nunnally Johnson, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1977)
  • 1899-08-02 Charles Bennett, screenwriter
  • 1900-02-16 Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter
  • 1900-03-04 Herbert Biberman, American screenwriter (d. 1971)
  • 1900-05-24 Eduardo De Filippo, Italian actor and screenwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1900-07-06 Frederica Sagor Maas, American playwright and screen writer (d. 2012)
  • 1901-06-01 John Van Druten, English playwright and theatre director, born in London (d. 1957)
  • 1902-07-20 Cesare Zavattini, Italian screenwriter (Bicycle Thiefs)
  • 1902-09-20 Cesare Zavattini, Italian screenwriter (Ladri di Biciclette)
  • 1902-12-12 Howard Koch, screenwriter
  • 1903-04-26 Niven Busch, US screenwriter (Postman Always Rings Twice)
  • 1903-05-23 Walter Reisch, US, screenwriter (Ninotchka, Gaslight, Titanic)
  • 1904-02-07 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1905-05-17 John Patrick, American screenwriter and playwright (Pulitzer Prize 1954), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1905-09-30 Michael Powell, English director/screen writer/producer (Red Shoes)
  • 1907-06-17 Maurice Cloche, French film director and screenwriter (d. 1990)
  • 1908-08-20 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), born in Bedous, Aquitaine (d. 1998)
  • 1908-11-23 Leendert P J Braat, Dutch sculptor/screenwriter
  • 1909-05-26 Richard Maibaum, American screenwriter (Goldfinger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909-06-20 Joan Harrison, screenwriter
  • 1909-08-22 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1909-10-14 Dorothy Kingsley, American screenwriter (d. 1996)
  • 1910-04-17 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1911-03-21 John Paxton, screenwriter (On The Beach, Kotch, Farewell My Lovely)
  • 1911-11-04 Jack Rose, screenwriter
  • 1913-01-29 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1913-06-21 Irving Shulman, author/screenwriter
  • 1913-11-25 Jack Davies, screenwriter
  • 1914-03-27 Budd Schulberg, novelist and screenwriter (On the Waterfront), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914-03-28 Edward Anhalt, American screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1914-04-21 Norman Panama, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1914-11-11 Howard Fast, American screenwriter (Rachel & the Stranger, Spartacus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915-08-19 Ring Lardner Jr, American journalist and screenwriter (Woman of the Year, M A S H), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915-12-08 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1916-03-14 Horton Foote, American author, playwright and screenwriter
  • 1916-12-23 Dino Risi, Italian film director and screenwriter
  • 1918-01-13 Ted Willis, prolific English screenwriter (It's Great to be Young)
  • 1918-01-16 Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter
  • 1918-09-05 Luis Alcoriza, Mexican screenwriter, film director, and actor (d. 1992)
  • 1918-11-03 Dean Riesner, film and television screenwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1919-09-15 Nelson Gidding, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1920-06-27 I A L Diamond, screenwriter (1960 Acad Award-Apartment)
  • 1922-03-22 Stewart Stern, screenwriter (Rebel Without A Cause)
  • 1922-06-02 Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1924-04-08 Frédéric Back, German-born Canadian short film director and screenwriter
  • 1924-05-09 Jean J A Girault, French director/screenwriter (l'Amour)
  • 1924-07-23 Gavin Lambert, British-born screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1926-01-24 Georges Lautner, French director and screenwriter
  • 1926-08-06 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)

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1927-03-06 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), born in Aracataca, Colombia (d. 2014)

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • 1927-05-01 Roland Verhavert, Flemish screen writer (Sea Gulls Die in the Harbor)
  • 1927-05-07 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German screenwriter, (d. 2013)
  • 1927-06-30 James Goldman, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter, They Might Be Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-11-18 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (A Cruel Romance), born in Kuybyshev, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1927-12-19 James Booth, Croydon, Surrey, English actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum)
  • 1928-01-01 Ernest R Tidyman, Ohio, novelist/screenwriter (The French Connection)
  • 1928-05-05 Pierre Schoendoerffer, Chamalieres, France, director and screen-writer (The Anderson Platoon), (d. 2012)
  • 1928-05-13 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1928-08-07 Romeo Muller, American screenwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1929-12-19 Howard Sackler, American screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1930-02-23 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), (d. 1991)
  • 1930-12-09 Buck Henry, American screenwriter/comedian (SNL, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931-05-10 Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (A Special Day), born in Trevico, Campania (d. 2016)
  • 1931-07-23 Guy Fournier, French Canadian author and screenwriter
  • 1931-09-19 Jean-Claude Carrière, French screenwriter and actor
  • 1932-09-10 Bo Goldman, American screenwriter
  • 1932-11-28 Terence Frisby, poet/screenwriter (There's a Girl in My Soup)
  • 1934-02-19 Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1934-07-01 Claude Berri, French actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1934-07-04 Colin Welland, screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs) born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1934-07-25 Claude Zidi, French film director and screenwriter
  • 1934-11-23 Robert Towne, producer/screenwriter (Chinatown)
  • 1935-11-05 Christopher Wood, English screenwriter and novellist
  • 1936-07-08 Tony Warren [Anthony McVay Simpson], actor and tv screenwriter (Coronation Street), born in Pendlebury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 1937-07-28 Francis Veber, French film director and screenwriter
  • 1938-05-10 Jean Becker, French director, screenwriter and actor
  • 1938-11-03 Jean Rollin, French director and screenwriter
  • 1939-12-05 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, born in Exin (d. 1986)
  • 1941-05-19 Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)
  • 1941-08-01 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1942-06-01 Tom Mankiewicz, screenwriter (Diamonds are Forever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-09-29 Steve Tesich, screenwriter/playwright
  • 1944-11-23 Joe Eszterhas, screenwriter (Basic Instinct, Showgirls)
  • 1945-02-20 Andrew Bergman, director/screenwriter (Soapdish, Honeymoon in Vegas)
  • 1945-03-24 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1946-10-18 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter
  • 1947-03-04 David Franzoni, American screenwriter
  • 1947-05-12 Micheline Lanctôt, American film actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1948-05-30 Michael Piller, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1948-08-31 Lowell Ganz, American screenwriter
  • 1949-07-28 Randall Wallace, American screenwriter and film producer

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1928-06-15 "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (20) weds playwright-screenwriter John Monk Saunders (30)

HeartWedding of Interest

1934-07-29 "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart (24) weds screenwriter Arthur Sheekman (33)

Actress Gloria Stuart
Actress
Gloria Stuart
  • 1942-08-23 "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (34) weds screenwriter and playwright Robert Riskin (45)

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1946-08-26 "Gone with the Wind" actress Olivia de Havilland weds screenwriter and novelist Marcus Goodrich

HeartWedding of Interest

1950-08-17 Short story writer Dorothy Parker (57) weds screenwriter Alan Campbell (46)

Short Story Writer Dorothy Parker
Short Story Writer
Dorothy Parker
  • 1967-05-08 "Bye Bye Birdie" actress Ann-Margret (26) weds actor and screenwriter Roger Smith (34)

HeartWedding of Interest

1973-10-25 American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon (46) weds actress Marsha Mason (31)

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1977-12-21 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter "Glengarry Glen Ross" David Mamet marries 1st wife actress Lindsay Crouse
  • 1983-03-04 Actor Harrison Ford marries screenwriter Melissa Mathison (divorced 2004)
  • 1991-09-22 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter David Mamet marries 2nd wife, English actress Rebecca Pidgeon
  • 1994-07-30 Hollywood's highest-paid screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (49) weds Naomi Baka (35) in Maui, Hawaii
  • 1995-10-21 "Family Ties" actress Meredith Baxter (48) weds screenwriter Michael Blodgett (56) in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-11-13 "A Room With A View" actor Daniel Day-Lewis (39) weds "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits" screenwriter Rebecca Miller (34) in Vermont

  • 1997-09-27 "The Cosby Show" actress Erika Alexander (28) weds screenwriter Tony Puryear (40) on outdoor ceremony in Malibu

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-12-29 Actress Cate Blanchett (28) weds screenwriter Andrew Upton (31) at Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales, Australia

  • 1999-07-10 "It Could Happen To You" actress Rosie Perez (34) weds playwright and screenwriter Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (37) in Brooklyn, New York
  • 2000-09-03 "Will & Grace" actress Debra Messing (32) weds actor-screenwriter Daniel Zelman (33) at a private estate in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2000-11-24 Actor, screenwriter and director Jon Favreau (34) weds physician Joya Tillem (30) in Sonoma, California
  • 2003-07-04 Screenwriter and producer Dean Devlin (40) weds "Another World" actress Lisa Brenner (29)
  • 2006-07-29 "Providence" actress Paula Cale (36) weds screenwriter Michael Lisbe at Sopris Mountain Ranch in Basalt, Colorado
  • 2006-09-30 Actress Amanda Peet (34) weds screenwriter David Benioff (36) at Friends Seminary Quaker School in New York City
  • 2010-07-03 "The Office" actress Jenna Fischer (36) weds screenwriter Lee Kirk (38) in Malibu

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-10-02 Canadian stand-up comedian and actor Seth Rogen (30) weds screenwriter Lauren Miller at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma, California

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 2011-10-16 Actress, screenwriter and model Nikki Reed (24) weds singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (27) at a private ranch in Malibu, California
  • 2013-12-31 Actress-comedian Lily Tomlin (74) weds screenwriter Jane Wagner (78) in Los Angeles, California
  • 2017-05-06 Olympic diver Tom Daley (23) weds Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black at Bovey Castle in Devon, England
  • 2017-05-28 Mr. Robot screenwriter Sam Esmail (39) weds actress Emmy Rossum (30) at the East 55th Street Synagogue in New York City

Deaths in Film & TV

Deaths 1 - 100 of 126

  • 1906-09-02 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian screenwriter (libretti opera Puccini), dies
  • 1924-12-06 Gene Stratton-Porter, American author, screenwriter and naturalist (b. 1863)
  • 1946-08-26 Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1948-05-24 Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • 1953-03-05 Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • 1957-12-19 John W Van Druten, US stage/screenwriter (I Remember Mama), dies at 56
  • 1959-08-06 Preston Sturges, [Edmund Biden], US director/screenwriter, dies at 60
  • 1966-02-18 Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)
  • 1966-06-29 Isabel Dawn, American screenwriter, dies at 68
  • 1967-06-10 Frank Butler, actor/screenwriter (Road to Bali, China), dies at 76
  • 1967-11-30 Patrick Kavanagh, Irish screenwriterr (Great Hunger), dies
  • 1970-06-02 Albert Lamorisse, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 1971-06-30 Herbert Biberman, Jewish American screenwriter and film director (b. 1900)
  • 1973-05-12 Frances Marion, screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
  • 1973-09-09 Samuel N Behrman, US stage/screenwriter (Quo Vardis), dies at 80
  • 1973-11-03 Marc Allégret, French director and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1974-12-15 Anatole Litvak, Ukrainian-born screenwriter and film producer (b. 1902)
  • 1977-04-11 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1981-08-01 Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • 1981-10-30 Georges Brassens, French screenwriter, dies
  • 1981-12-21 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • 1984-04-18 John Lee Mahin, screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • 1986-04-14 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, dies at 46
  • 1986-07-21 Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
  • 1987-09-13 Mervyn Leroy, actor/screenwriter/director (Quo Vadis), dies at 86
  • 1988-07-11 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), dies at 84
  • 1989-01-16 Pierre Boileau, screenwriter (Vertigo), dies at 82
  • 1990-01-10 Juliet Berto, screenwriter/actress (Bastienne Bastien), dies at 42
  • 1991-06-27 Milton Subotsky, American screenwriter (b. 1921)
  • 1991-08-12 William Gordon, screenwriter (Back to Bataan), dies
  • 1991-08-31 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), dies at 61
  • 1992-02-10 Meade Roberts, screenwriter, dies of congestive heart failure at 61
  • 1992-03-15 Helen Deutsch, screenwriter, dies of natural causes
  • 1992-05-02 Philip Dunne, screenwriter, dies of cancer at 84
  • 1992-06-02 Philip Dunne, founder (Screen Writers Guild), dies of cancer at 84
  • 1992-09-07 Henry Ephron, US screenwriter (Daddy Long Legs), dies at 81
  • 1993-01-28 Aben Kandel, screenwriter (Dinner at 8), dies of heart failure at 96
  • 1993-03-02 Paul D Zimmerman, US screenwriter (King of Comedy), dies at 54
  • 1993-03-08 Wells Root, US screenwriter (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 92
  • 1993-03-12 Michael Kanin, screenwriter (Woman of the Year), dies at 83
  • 1993-07-10 Sam Rolfe, American screenwriter (b. 1924)
  • 1993-07-26 Daniel Fuchs, US, screenwriter (Hard Way), dies at 84
  • 1993-08-10 Ken England, US screenwriter (Good Girls Go to Paris), dies at 82
  • 1993-08-27 Bob Verstraete, Dutch actor/screenwriter/director (Alicia), dies at 71
  • 1993-09-19 Richard Landau, US screenwriter (Back to Bataan), dies at 79
  • 1993-10-14 Walter Brown Newman, US screenwriter (Cat Ballou), dies at 77
  • 1994-05-08 Rupert Haselden, journalist/screenwriter, dies at 36
  • 1994-05-31 Sidney Gilliat, British screenwriter/director, dies at 86
  • 1994-06-17 Joeri Nagibin, Russian screenwriter (Babje Karstvo), dies at 74
  • 1994-06-22 Jack Davies, screenwriter, dies at 80
  • 1994-09-23 Robert Bloch, screenwriter (Psycho), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1994-10-09 James Hill, English director/screenwriter (Born Free), dies at 75
  • 1995-03-16 Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 95
  • 1995-03-23 Irving Shulman, author/screenwriter, dies at 81
  • 1995-06-15 Charles Bennett, screenwriter, dies at 95
  • 1995-07-26 Eleanore Griffin, screenwriter, dies
  • 1995-08-17 Howard Koch, screenwriter, dies at 92
  • 1995-10-20 Jack Rose, screenwriter, dies at 83
  • 1995-11-07 John Patrick, American screenwriter and playwright (Pulitzer Prize 1954), commits suicide at 90
  • 1996-04-26 Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter, dies at 78
  • 1996-06-11 Lonne Elder, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 69
  • 1996-07-01 Steve Tesich, screenwriter/playwright, dies at 53
  • 1997-10-28 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1997-11-05 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter (b. 1946)
  • 1998-10-28 James Goldman, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter) dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1998-12-29 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), dies at 90
  • 1999-08-23 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (b.1926)
  • 1999-09-23 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (b. 1910)
  • 2000-09-03 Edward Anhalt, American screenwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2000-10-31 Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2000-11-22 Christian Marquand, French actor, director and screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2000-12-30 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (b. 1909)
  • 2001-01-15 Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2001-02-23 Robert Enrico, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2002-05-10 Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • 2002-10-04 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2002-10-30 Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2003-01-13 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2003-02-22 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • 2003-03-04 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)

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2004-01-10 Spalding Gray, American actor (Beaches, Clara's Heart, Heavy Petting), commits suicide at 62

  • 2004-05-31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2004-11-11 Richard Dembo, French director and screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2005-03-07 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (b. 1950)
  • 2005-07-02 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2005-07-17 Gavin Lambert, British-born screenwriter (b. 1924)
  • 2005-11-01 Michael Piller, American screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2006-09-09 Gérard Brach, French screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2007-01-01 A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist and screenwriter (b. 1908)

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2007-01-30 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), dies of pneumonia at 89

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • 2007-05-02 Brad McGann, New Zealand film director and screenwriter (b. 1964)
  • 2007-08-08 Melville Shavelson, American film director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 2007-11-01 S. Ali Raza, Bollywood Screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2007-11-04 Peter Viertel, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2008-02-12 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 2008-03-25 Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (b. 1926)

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2008-05-26 Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Out of Africa, Tootsie) dies at 73

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
  • 2009-01-16 John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • 2009-03-04 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2009-06-28 A. K. Lohithadas, Indian screenwriter, director, and producer (b. 1955)