Screenwriters in History (Part 2)

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 242

  • 1928-02-27 Josh Greenfeld, American author and screenwriter (A Child Called Noah), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1928-05-05 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award winning director and screenwriter (The Anderson Platoon), born in Chamalieres, France (d. 2012)
  • 1928-05-13 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 2013)
  • 1928-06-07 James Ivory, American producer, director and screenwriter (Howard's End, Remains of the Day), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1928-08-03 Cécile Aubry, French actress (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, born in Paris, France (d. 2010)
  • 1928-08-07 Romeo Muller, American screenwriter, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1928-08-14 Lina Wertmüller [Arcangela Braueich], Italian screenwriter, film director, and 1st woman nominated for an Academy Award for Directing (Seven Beauties), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1929-06-06 Viktor Konetsky, Russian screenwriter, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2002)
  • 1929-12-09 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1929-12-19 Howard Sackler, American screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1930-02-23 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), (d. 1991)
  • 1930-07-05 Tommy Cook, American producer, screenwriter and actor (Missile to the Moon), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1930-08-16 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), born in Oakland, California (d. 2010)
  • 1930-12-09 Buck Henry [Zuckerman], American screenwriter and 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, born in Waterloo, Quebec
  • 1931-08-12 William Goldman, American screenwriter and author (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

1931-09-17 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress, director, screenwriter and singer (Graduate, Miracle Worker), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • 1931-09-19 Jean-Claude Carrière, French screenwriter and actor, who frequently collaborated with Luis Buñuel on his screen plays (Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Phantom of Liberty), born in Colombières-sur-Orb, France
  • 1931-12-09 Ladislav Smoljak, Czech director, actor and screenwriter (An Uncertain Season), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2010)
  • 1932-09-10 Bo Goldman, American screenwriter (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), born in New York City
  • 1932-11-28 Terence Frisby, English actor and playwright (There's a Girl in My Soup), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1933-02-21 Bob Rafelson, American film director, screenwriter and producer (Five Easy Pieces, The Monkees), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934-02-19 Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1934-05-27 Harlan Ellison, American sci-fi author and screenwriter (Star Trek-"The City on the Edge of Forever"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1934-07-01 Claude Berri, French actor, director and screenwriter, born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • 1934-07-04 Colin Welland, British screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • 1934-07-25 Claude Zidi, French film director and screenwriter (My New Partner), born in Paris
  • 1934-11-09 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright and screenwriter (The Dresser), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1934-11-23 Robert Towne, producer/screenwriter (Chinatown)
  • 1935-07-19 Vasily Livanov, Russian film actor and screenwriter, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1935-10-29 Isao Takahata, Japanese anime film director, screenwriter and producer (Grave of the Fireflies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), born in Ujiyamada, Mie, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1935-11-05 Christopher Wood, English screenwriter and novelist (Confessions), born in Lambeth, London (d. 2015)
  • 1936-07-08 Tony Warren [Anthony McVay Simpson], actor and tv screenwriter (Coronation Street), born in Pendlebury, Lancashire (d. 2016)

Person of interestJim Henson

1936-09-24 James "Jim" Henson, American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, best known as the creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 1990)

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson
  • 1937-07-28 Francis Veber, French film director and screenwriter, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1938-05-10 Jean Becker, French director, screenwriter and actor
  • 1938-11-03 Jean Rollin, French director and screenwriter
  • 1939-04-20 Peter S. Beagle, American novelist and screenwriter (The Last Unicorn), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939-12-05 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, born in Exin (d. 1986)
  • 1940-04-20 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1997)
  • 1941-05-19 Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)
  • 1941-08-01 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, born in Septfonds, Tarn-et-Garonne, France (d. 2004)
  • 1942-06-01 Tom Mankiewicz, screenwriter (Diamonds are Forever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942-09-29 Steve Tesich, screenwriter/playwright
  • 1943-03-13 André Téchiné, French director and screenwriter (Scene of the Crime, Rendez-Vous), born in Valence-d'Agen, Tarn-et-Garonne, France
  • 1944-01-24 David Gerrold [Jerrold David Friedman], American science fiction screenwriter (Star Trek) & author (The Martian Child), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944-04-11 John Milius, American screenwriter (Red Dawn, 1941, Big Wednesday), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 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

Person of interestLarry David

1947-07-02 Larry David, American actor, comedian and screenwriter (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian and Writer Larry David
Comedian and Writer
Larry David
  • 1948-05-30 Michael Piller, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1948-08-31 Lowell Ganz, American screenwriter
  • 1949-01-14 Lawrence Kasdan, American screenwriter & director (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-03-26 Patrick Süskind, German writer and screenwriter, known for novel "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," born in Ambach, Bavaria, Germany
  • 1949-07-28 Randall Wallace, American screenwriter and film producer (Braveheart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1949-09-25 Pedro Almodovar, Spanish filmmaker (Women the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Matador), born in Calzada de Calatrava, Spain
  • 1950-03-04 Ofelia Medina, Mexican actress and screenwriter
  • 1950-06-03 Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter (E.T.), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1950-11-10 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (Escape from New York), born in Haddonfield, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1951-05-25 Bob Gale, American screenwriter (Back to the Future), born in University City, Missouri
  • 1952-11-06 Michael Cunningham, American novelist and screenwriter (The Hours), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1954-01-06 Anthony Minghella, English director and screenwriter (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1954-02-11 Wesley Strick, American screenwriter, born in New York
  • 1954-03-09 Kevin Wade, American screenwriter (Working Girls), born in Chappaqua, New York
  • 1954-07-17 J. Michael Straczynski, American television screenwriter, producer, comic book writer and director (Babylon 5, Jeremiah, Changeling) born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1954-08-23 Charles Busch, American actor, screenwriter, playwright and drag queen (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), in Hartsdale, New York
  • 1955-01-12 Rockne S. O'Bannon, American screenwriter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955-10-18 David Twohy, American movie director and screenwriter
  • 1955-11-15 Ildikó Enyedi, Hungarian film director and screenwriter (On Body and Soul), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1955-11-19 Sam Hamm, American screenwriter
  • 1956-06-02 Mani Ratnam, Indian film director, screenwriter and producer
  • 1956-06-10 E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu film director, screenwriter and producer, born in Dommeru Village, India (d. 2011)
  • 1956-07-16 Tony Kushner, American playwright and screenwriter (Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes), born in New York
  • 1956-09-11 Tony Gilroy, American screenwriter and director (Bourne), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1956-11-08 Richard Curtis, British screenwriter (Blackadder, Four Wedding and a Funeral), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1957-03-25 Jim Uhls, American screenwriter
  • 1957-05-13 Alan Ball, American screenwriter, director, and producer
  • 1957-07-13 Cameron Crowe, American director, screenwriter, journalist (Rolling Stone), author, and actor (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Palm Springs, California
  • 1957-12-29 Paul Rudnick, American screenwriter & playwright, born in Piscataway, New Jersey
  • 1958-04-30 Charles Berling, French actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1958-07-14 Joe Keenan, American screenwriter, television producer and novelist.
  • 1958-08-20 Patricia Rozema, Canadian film director (I've Heard the Mermaids Singing), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1958-11-19 Charlie Kaufman, American screenwriter (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959-01-10 Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1959-10-18 Milčo Mančevski, Macedonian film director and screenwriter
  • 1960-03-13 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2005)
  • 1960-07-02 Terry Rossio, American screenwriter
  • 1960-10-31 Arnaud Desplechin, French film director and screenwriter, born in Roubaix, France
  • 1961-01-09 Oliver Goldstick, American screenwriter
  • 1961-05-19 Gregory Poirier, American screenwriter and director
  • 1961-06-09 Aaron Sorkin, American screenwriter and playwright (A Few Good Men, The West Wing), born in New York City
  • 1961-07-15 Jean-Christophe Grangé, French writer and screenwriter
  • 1961-09-24 John Logan, American screenwriter and playwright (Gladiator), born in San Diego, California
  • 1961-11-20 Larry Karaszewski, American screenwriter
  • 1963-01-12 François Girard, French-Canadian film director and screenwriter, born in Saint-Félicien, Quebec

Weddings in Film & TV


Deaths in Film & TV

Deaths 101 - 187 of 187

  • 1999-09-23 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies at 89
  • 1999-12-20 Riccardo Freda, Italian film director and screenwriter (Theodora, Slave Empress), dies at 90
  • 2000-06-11 Lew Gallo, American character actor and screenwriter (Get Smart, Gunsmoke, 12 O'Clock High), dies at 71
  • 2000-06-29 Il Mattatore [Vittorio Gassman], Italian actor, director and screenwriter (Scent of a Woman, War & Peace), dies at 77
  • 2000-09-03 Edward Anhalt, American screenwriter (Escape to Athena), dies at 86
  • 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 (Casablanca), dies at 91
  • 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)
  • 2002-08-18 Dean Riesner, American film and television screenwriter (Bill and Coo), dies at 83
  • 2002-10-04 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2002-10-30 Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2002-11-10 Michel Boisrond, French film director and screenwriter, dies at 81
  • 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)

Person of interestSpalding Gray

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, dies at 62
  • 2004-11-11 Richard Dembo, French director and screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2005-01-29 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, dies at 80
  • 2005-03-07 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (Escape from New York), dies at 54

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

2005-06-06 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress, director, screenwriter and singer (Graduate, Miracle Worker), dies from uterine cancer at 73

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • 2005-07-02 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (North by Northwest), dies at 89
  • 2005-07-17 Gavin Lambert, British-American screenwriter (Inside Daisy Clover), dies at 80
  • 2005-08-11 James Booth [David Geeves], British actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum), dies at 77
  • 2005-08-16 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), dies at 45
  • 2005-10-24 Robert Sloman, English screenwriter, dies at 79
  • 2005-11-01 Michael Piller, American screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2006-09-09 Gérard Brach, French screenwriter (b. 1927)

Person of interestRobert Altman

2006-11-20 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player, M*A*S*H, Nashville), dies of complications from leukemia at 81

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • 2007-01-01 A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist & screenwriter, dies at 98
  • 2007-01-27 Bob Carroll, American screenwriter (I Love Lucy, Stage Two Revue, Stranger), dies at 88

Person of interestSidney Sheldon

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)

Person of interestSydney Pollack

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
  • 2009-01-12 Claude Berri, French actor, director and screenwriter, dies at 74
  • 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)
  • 2009-07-31 Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2009-08-04 Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2009-08-05 Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (On the Waterfront), dies at 95
  • 2009-09-27 Ivan Dykhovichnyy, Russian film director and screenwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2009-11-28 Gilles Carle, Canadian screenwriter and film director (b. 1928)
  • 2009-12-17 Dan O'Bannon, Screenwriter, after a short illness (b.1943)
  • 2010-01-21 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • 2010-03-24 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), dies at 79
  • 2010-06-06 Ladislav Smoljak, Czech director, actor and screenwriter (An Uncertain Season), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2010-07-19 Cécile Aubry, French actress (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, dies at 81
  • 2010-09-12 Claude Chabrol, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2011-01-21 E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu Film Director, screenwriter and producer, dies at 54
  • 2011-10-18 Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, dies at 101
  • 2012-01-05 Frederica Sagor Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • 2012-01-06 Robert Dozier, Hollywood screenwriter, dies at 81
  • 2012-03-14 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award winning director and screenwriter (The Anderson Platoon), dies from surgical complications at 83
  • 2012-04-04 Claude Miller, French director and screenwriter, dies at 70
  • 2012-06-26 Nora Ephron, American author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia at 71
  • 2013-01-15 Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director and screenwriter, dies at 80
  • 2013-03-26 Don Payne, American television and screenwriter, dies from bone cancer at 48
  • 2013-04-03 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American novelist and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary failure at 85
  • 2013-04-12 Michael France, American screenwriter, dies from complications from diabetes at 51
  • 2013-06-23 Richard Matheson, American author and screenwriter, dies at 87
  • 2013-12-07 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), dies a respiratory insufficiency at 85

Person of interestGabriel García Márquez

2014-04-17 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), dies of pneumonia at 87

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • 2014-06-30 Paul Mazursky, American film director and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary cardiac arrest at 84
  • 2015-05-09 Christopher Wood, English screenwriter & novelist (Confessions), dies at 79
  • 2015-11-02 Colin Welland, British screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs), dies at 81
  • 2015-11-04 Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter (E.T.), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2015-11-30 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (Carnival Night), dies at 88
  • 2016-01-19 Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (A Special Day), dies at 84
  • 2016-03-01 Tony Warren [Anthony McVay Simpson], English actor & screenwriter (Coronation Street), dies at 79
  • 2016-09-20 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), dies at 71
  • 2017-06-25 Bill Dana [William Szathmary], American comedian, characters actor (José Jiménez) and screenwriter (The Nude Bomb, The Bill Dana Show), dies at 92
  • 2018-02-23 Lewis Gilbert, British director, producer and screenwriter (You Only Live Twice, Sink the Bismarck!), dies at 97
  • 2018-04-05 Isao Takahata, Japanese anime film director, screenwriter and producer (Grave of the Fireflies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2018-05-11 Josh Greenfeld, American author & screenwriter (A Child Called Noah), dies at 90
  • 2018-06-28 Harlan Ellison, American sci-fi author and screenwriter (Star Trek-"The City on the Edge of Forever"), dies at 84
  • 2018-11-16 William Goldman, American screenwriter and author (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), dies at 87
  • 2019-04-29 John Singleton, American director and screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood), dies of a stroke at 51
  • 2020-09-08 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright and screenwriter (The Dresser), dies at 85