Writing your own death

by felix87 | created - 17 Jun 2012 | updated - 15 Jan 2013 | Public

1. Charlie Kaufman

Writer | Synecdoche, New York

Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon ...

Being John Malchovich (1999) Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (2004) Synecdoche, New York (2008)

2. Alan Ball

Producer | American Beauty

Alan Ball was born on May 13, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Alan E. Ball. He is a producer and writer, known for American Beauty (1999), Six Feet Under (2001) and True Blood (2008).

American Beauty (1999) Nothing Is Private (2007)

3. Kevin Williamson

Writer | Scream

As a child Williamson was a fond fan of movies, epically those or Steven Spielberg. After high school, Williamson went to college for a future in acting. Though he landed very small parts on T.V shows and movies nothing had happened. Williamson moved out to L.A in 1990 in hope it would aid his ...

Scream (1996)

4. Ethan Coen

Producer | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Ethan Coen was born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Ethan Jesse Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He has been married to Tricia Cooke since October 2, 1990. They have two ...

Blood Simple. (1984) Raising Arizona (1987) The Big Lebowski (1998)

5. Colin Higgins

Writer | Nine to Five

Colin Higgins was born on July 28, 1941 in Nouméa, New Caledonia, France. He was a writer and director, known for 9 to 5 (1980), Foul Play (1978) and Harold and Maude (1971). He died on August 5, 1988 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Harold and Maude (1971)

6. Donald P. Bellisario

Writer | Quantum Leap

Donald P. Bellisario was born in North Charleroi in Pennsylvania. His father ran the tavern, where he grew up listening to the war stories of vets returning from WWII. He had a fifteen-year career in advertising before moving to Hollywood. He broke into television as the story editor for Black ...

"Tales of the Gold Monkey" (1982, tv) "Quantum Leap" (1989, tv)

7. Ryan Murphy

Writer | Glee

Ryan Murphy was born on November 9, 1965 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Glee (2009), American Horror Story (2011) and Eat Pray Love (2010). He has been married to David Miller since July 4, 2012. They have two children.

Running with Scissors (2006) American Horror Story (2011, tv)

8. Zach Helm

Writer | Stranger Than Fiction

Zach Helm was born on January 21, 1975 in Santa Clara, California, USA as Zachary Emile Helm. He is a writer and director, known for Stranger Than Fiction (2006), Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) and Freezing People Is Easy.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006) Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

9. Michael Arndt

Writer | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Michael Arndt was born on November 11, 1965 in Harris County, Texas, USA as Michael deBruyn Arndt. He is a writer, known for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

10. Guillermo Arriaga

Writer | The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Guillermo Arriaga was born on March 13, 1958 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a writer and producer, known for Three Burials (2005), Amores Perros (2000) and 21 Grams (2003).

Amores perros (2000) Babel (2006)

11. Stephen King

Writer | Maximum Overdrive

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock," but used the last name ...

Cat's Eye (1985) Pet Sematary (1989) "It" (1990) Sleepwalkers (1992)

12. Chuck Palahniuk

Writer | Fight Club

Chuck is a low key writer who never stops writing and taking down notes to file away for future writing. Very funny, very creative and very thought provoking. His books often make you look at yourself in ways that you would never have before. Same goes for the world, he will make you notice things ...

Choke (2008, novel)

13. Irvine Welsh

Writer | Trainspotting

Welsh's books have made him a cult figure within the writing world since the 1990s. Several of his books have become best sellers and all have a mixture of comedy, drama and hard-hitting issues...the best-known being Trainspotting (1996) which was made into a box-office smash worldwide at the ...

The Acid House (1998) Wedding Belles (2007, tv) Good Arrows (2009) The Magnificent Eleven (2013)

14. Rafael Azcona

Writer | Belle Epoque

Rafael Azcona was born on October 24, 1926 in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain as Rafael Azcona Fernández. He was a writer, known for Belle Epoque (1992), Peppermint Frappé (1967) and Butterfly (1999). He was married to Susan Youdelman. He died on March 24, 2008 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

El pisito (1959) El cochecito (1960) Una storia moderna: l'ape regina (1963) La donna scimmia (1964) Marcia nuziale (1965) L'uomo dei cinque palloni aka Break-up (1965) El jardín de las delicias (1970) La grande bouffe (1973) ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)

15. Buck Henry

Writer | The Graduate

Prolific, multi-talented comedy writer, story editor, actor and director. His father was an Air Force general (Paul Steinberg Zuckerman) turned stockbroker and his mother was silent screen star Ruth Taylor, formerly a member of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. Buck Henry's first fling with comedy ...

The graduate (1967)

16. Calder Willingham

Writer | The Graduate

After graduating from the University of Virginia, Willingham moved to New York City, where he became associated with such literary giants as Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and Gore Vidal.

Paths of Glory (1957) The graduate (1967) Little Big Man (1970)

17. Terry Southern

Writer | Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Terry Southern began writing satirical, outrageous fiction at the age of 12, when he took it upon himself to rewrite various Edgar Allan Poe stories "because they didn't go far enough". After serving as a lieutenant in the army in World War II, he began writing short stories in earnest while ...

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Easy Rider (1969)

18. Paul Schrader

Writer | First Reformed

Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a...

Taxi Driver (1976)

19. Michael Miner

Writer | RoboCop

Michael Miner received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Theater, and a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he wrote and directed LABYRINTHS, which won a Focus and Cine Eagle Award, ALIAS JANE DOE, which was exhibited at the Deauville and...

RoboCop (1987) RoboCop 2 (1990) RoboCop 3 (1993)

20. Edward Neumeier

Writer | RoboCop

Edward Neumeier is an American screenwriter, producer and director best known for his work on the science fiction movies RoboCop and Starship Troopers. He wrote the latter's sequel, and most recently wrote and directed Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.

Neumeier studied journalism at the University of ...

RoboCop (1987) RoboCop 2 (1990) RoboCop 3 (1993) Starship Troopers (1997)

21. Roald Dahl

Writer | The Witches

Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. He made a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. As a result, he spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. Dahl is known for how he ...

Citty citty bang bang (1968)

22. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

Gremlins (1984)

23. John Hughes

Writer | Planes, Trains & Automobiles

John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer, known for Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). He was married to Nancy Hughes. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, ...

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

24. Jeffrey Boam

Writer | Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Jeffrey Boam was born on November 30, 1946 in Rochester, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Dead Zone (1983) and The Phantom (1996). He was married to Paula M. Boam. He died on January 26, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Innerspace (1987) Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) "Tales from the Crypt" (1989) Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) The phantom (1996)

After Hours (1985)

26. Robert Klane

Writer | Weekend at Bernie's

Wrote "Greasier," a rejected script for a Grease sequel, in 1979.

Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

27. Bill Walsh

Producer | Mary Poppins

Bill Walsh was born in New York to immigrant parents (father from Canada, mother from Ireland). In his teen years he lived with relatives in Cincinnati, OH, and later attended the University of Cincinnati. In 1933 he joined the stock touring company of husband / wife team Barbara Stanwyck and Frank...

The AbsentMinded Professor (1961) Mary Poppins (1964) The Love Bug (1968) Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) Flubber (1997)

Mary Poppins (1964) The Love Bug (1968) Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

29. Ugo Pirro

Writer | Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto

Ugo Pirro was born on April 24, 1920 in Salerno, Campania, Italy as Ugo Mattone. He was a writer and director, known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), We Still Kill the Old Way (1967) and Celluloid (1996). He died on January 18, 2008 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (1970), regia di Elio Petri Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini (1970), regia di Vittorio De Sica La classe operaia va in paradiso (1971), regia di Elio Petri La proprietà non è più un furto (1973), regia di Elio Petri

30. Adam Rifkin

Writer | Dog Years

Adam Rifkin is a Writer/Director whose eclectic career ranges from broad family comedies to cult classics to dark and gritty dramas. Most recently, Rifkin Wrote and Directed THE LAST MOVIE STAR, a poignant drama starring Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter and Chevy Chase. The critically acclaimed film ...

The Chase (1994) "Bone Chillers" (1996) Mousehunt (1997)

31. Ted Elliott

Writer | Shrek

Ted Elliott was born on July 4, 1961 in Santa Ana, California, USA. He is a writer, known for Shrek (2001), The Lone Ranger (2013) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

Small Soldiers (1998) The Mask of Zorro (1998)

32. Terry Rossio

Writer | Aladdin

Terry Rossio was born on July 2, 1960 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a writer, known for Aladdin (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Shrek (2001).

Small Soldiers (1998) The Mask of Zorro (1998)

33. John Sayles

Writer | Lone Star

A bright child, John Sayles began reading novels before age 9. A Williams grad in 1972, he shunned a corporate career to work various blue-collar jobs, moving to east Boston to take a factory job. He wrote stories and submitted them to various magazines, and the Atlantic Monthly gave him the idea ...

Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979) The Howling (1981)

Home (2008) Sister (2012)

35. Andrew Stanton

Writer | WALL·E

Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse: The New ...

Monsters Inc. (2001) WALL·E (2008)

36. Andrew Niccol

Writer | Gattaca

New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show (1998) script, but Rudin was not...

Gattaca (1997) The Truman Show (1998)

37. Jerzy Kosinski

Writer | Being There

Jerzy Kosinski was born on June 14, 1933 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland as Jerzy Lewinkopf. He was a writer and actor, known for Being There (1979), Reds (1981) and The Painted Bird (2019). He was married to Katherina ("Kiki") von Fraunhofer and Mary Hayward Weir. He died on May 3, 1991 in New York City,...

Being there (1979) Reds (1981)

38. Robert Towne

Writer | Chinatown

Writer, director, producer, actor. Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro. Got his start acting and writing for legendary exploitation director/producer Roger Corman. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest ...

The Last Detail (1973) Chinatown (1974) Shampoo (1975)

39. Waldo Salt

Writer | Midnight Cowboy

Waldo Salt was one of the many people blacklisted in Hollywood during the Red Scare, but unlike others, Salt recovered triumphantly. He wrote his first scripts in the late 1930s (MGM contract writer, 1936-42) and also served as a civilian consultant to the Office of War Information from 1942- 1945 ...

Midnight Cowboy (1969) Serpico (1973) Coming home (1978)

40. James Schamus

Producer | Wo hu cang long

James Schamus was born on September 7, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Lust, Caution (2007) and The Ice Storm (1997). He is married to Nancy Jean Kricorian. They have two children.

The Ice Storm (1997)

The Party (1968)

The party (19689

43. Ernest Lehman

Writer | North by Northwest

One of the most critically and commercially successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, Lehman grew up on Long Island, graduated from NY's City College. One of his first jobs was as a copywriter for a Broadway publicist. This experience would later be reflected in his novel and screenplay, "...

Who's afraid of Virginia Wolf (1966)

44. David Newman

Writer | Bonnie and Clyde

David Newman was born on February 4, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and director, known for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Superman (1978) and Superman III (1983). He was married to Leslie Newman. He died on June 27, 2003 in New York City.

Gangster Story (1967) Superman (1978)

45. Larry McMurtry

Writer | Brokeback Mountain

Larry McMurtry was born on June 3, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA as Larry Jeff McMurtry. He is a writer and producer, known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Last Picture Show (1971) and Streets of Laredo (1995). He has been married to Faye Kesey since April 29, 2011. He was previously married...

The last picture show (1971)

46. Clark Gregg

Actor | The Avengers

Clark Gregg was born on April 2, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Clark Gregg. He is an actor and director, known for The Avengers (2012), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006). He has been married to Jennifer Grey since July 21, 2001. They have ...

Choke (2008) 500 days of summer (2009)

47. John A. Russo

Writer | Night of the Living Dead

With twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John Russo has been called a "living legend." He began by co-authoring the screenplay for Night of the Living Dead, which has become recognized as a "horror classic."

His three books on the art and ...

The night of the living dead (1968)

48. Leo Marks

Writer | Peeping Tom

Leo Marks was born on September 24, 1920 in London, England as Leopold Samuel Marks. He was a writer and actor, known for Peeping Tom (1960), Twisted Nerve (1968) and Cloudburst (1951). He was married to Elena Gaussen. He died on January 15, 2001 in London.

Peeping Tom (1960)

49. John Clifford

Writer | Carnival of Souls

A native of Springfield, Illiinois, John Clifford moved to Chicago and lived with relatives after the deaths of his parents. Wanting to work as a writer--but feeling that he couldn't write anything longer than a joke-- Clifford began working as a joke writer, selling material to radio comedian Ken ...

Carnival of souls (1962)

50. Robert Benton

Writer | Kramer vs. Kramer

Robert Benton was born on September 29, 1932 in Waxahachie, Texas, USA as Robert Douglas Benton. He is a writer and director, known for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Superman (1978).

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Kramer vs Kramer (1979)

51. Rich Wilkes

Writer | xXx

Rich Wilkes was born on August 15, 1966 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for xXx (2002), The Dirt (2019) and Airheads (1994).

Airheads (1994) The Stöned Age (1994)

52. Timothy Harris

Writer | Trading Places

Timothy Harris was born on July 21, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Timothy Hyde Harris. He is a writer and producer, known for Trading Places (1983), Astro Boy (2009) and Falling Down (1993). He has been married to Mary Bess Walker since 1980.

Trading places (1983)

53. Herschel Weingrod

Writer | Trading Places

Herschel Weingrod was born on October 30, 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Trading Places (1983), Falling Down (1993) and Twins (1988).

Trading places (1983)

54. William Rose

Writer | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

William Rose was born on December 12, 1914 in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA as William Arthur Rose. He was a writer, known for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) and The Ladykillers (1955). He was married to Tania Rose. He died on February 10, 1987 in Jersey, ...

The Ladykillers (1955)

55. Michael Blake

Writer | Dances with Wolves

Michael Blake was born on July 5, 1945 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA as Michael Lennox Webb. He was a writer, known for Dances with Wolves (1990), Winnetou and The One. He was married to Marianne Mortensen. He died on May 2, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Dances with the wolves (1990)

56. Franco Arcalli

Editor | Ultimo tango a Parigi

Franco Arcalli was born on March 13, 1929 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an editor and writer, known for Last Tango in Paris (1972), Once Upon a Time in America (1984) and 1900 (1976). He died on February 24, 1978 in Rome.

Last tango in Paris (1972)

57. George Gallo

Writer | Bad Boys

George Gallo moved from Mamaroneck, New York and relocated in Los Angeles in 1982. After 4 years, he got the film "Wise Guys" produced with Danny Devito and Joe Piscopo. The classic buddy/cops and robbers picture "Midnight Run" came next with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. Then in 1990, he ...

Midnight Run (1988)

58. Alain Robbe-Grillet

Writer | Un bruit qui rend fou

Born in Brest, France, in 1922, Alain Robbe-Grillet initially studied mathematics and biology. He graduated from the Paris-based Institut National Agronomique (National Institute of Agronomy) in 1945 and embarked on a career of scientific research in the tropics and in France. Then at age 30 he ...

L'année dernière à Marienbad (1961)

59. Marguerite Duras

Writer | Le camion

Ms. Duras was born in southern Vietnam and lost her father at age 4. The family savings of 20 years bought the family a small plot in Cambodia, but everything was lost in a single season's flooding. The disaster killed her mother as a result. After high school in Saigon, Ms. Duras left Indochina to...

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Salvatore Giuliano (1962) La battaglia di Algeri (1966) Queimada (1969)

61. Tonino Guerra

Writer | Amarcord

Legendary Italian screenwriter was born Antonio Guerra on the 16th of March 1920 in Sant'Arcangelo, Italy, south of Ravenna. He wrote several short stories, poetry and novels and in 1956 his first screenplay "Man and Wolves" (co-written by Elio Petri) was directed by Giuseppe De Santis. Three years...

Deserto rosso (1964) Blow up (1968) Uomini contro (1970) To meteoro vima tou pelargou (aka The Suspended Step of the Stork , 1991)

62. Glenn Ficarra

Writer | I Love You Phillip Morris

Glenn Ficarra is a producer and writer, known for I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), This Is Us (2016) and Cats & Dogs (2001).

Bad santa (2003)

63. John Requa

Writer | I Love You Phillip Morris

John Requa is a producer and writer, known for I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), This Is Us (2016) and Focus (2015).

Bad santa (2003)

64. Daniel Clowes

Writer | Ghost World

Daniel Clowes was born on April 14, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Ghost World (2001), Art School Confidential (2006) and Patience.

Ghost World (2001)

65. Gary Ross

Writer | Pleasantville

Gary Ross is an American writer, director and actor born November 3rd, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. His father was screenwriter Arthur A. Ross (1920 - 2008). After writing for television series Deadly Nightmares (1983) in 1986, Ross broke through by penning the Tom Hanks hit Big (1988), his ...

Big (1988) Pleasantville (1998)

66. Carl Lund

Writer | Detachment

Carl Lund is former public school teacher.

Detachment (2011)

67. Rory Stewart Kinnear

Writer | We Need to Talk About Kevin

Rory Stewart Kinnear is known for his work on We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), The Winter Ghosts and Mobius. He has been married to Lynne Ramsay since 2002.

We need to talk about Kevin (2011)

68. Jim Allen

Writer | Raining Stones

Jim Allen was born on October 7, 1926 in Manchester, UK. He was a writer, known for Raining Stones (1993), Coronation Street (1960) and Hidden Agenda (1990). He died on June 24, 1999 in Middleton, Manchester.

Land and freedom (1995)

69. Luis Alcoriza

Writer | Lo que importa es vivir

Luis Alcoriza was born on September 5, 1918 in Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain as Luis Alcoriza de la Vega. He was a writer and director, known for Lo que importa es vivir (1987), Tlayucan (1962) and National Mechanics (1972). He was married to Janet Alcoriza. He died on December 3, 1992 in Cuernavaca,...

Los olvidados (1950) El (1953) El esqueleto de la señora Morales (1960) El ángel exterminador (1962)

Society (1989)

Society (1989)

I soliti ignoti (1958) La grande guerra (1959) I compagni (1963) L'armata Brancaleone (1966)

73. Jorge Semprún

Writer | Z

Jorge Semprún was born on December 10, 1923 in Madrid, Spain as Jorge Semprún Maura. He was a writer and actor, known for Z (1969), Les trottoirs de Saturne (1986) and The War Is Over (1966). He was married to Collette Leloup and Loleh Bellon. He died on June 7, 2011 in Paris, France.

La guerre est finie (1966) Z (1969) Stavisky... (1974)

74. Joseph L. McEveety

Assistant_director | Mary Poppins

Son of Bernard McEveety. Brother of directors Bernard McEveety and Vincent McEveety. Uncle of Vincent J. McEveety.

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) No Deposit, No Return (1976)

75. Dana Olsen

Writer | The 'Burbs

Dana Olsen is a writer and producer, known for The 'Burbs (1989), George of the Jungle (1997) and Inspector Gadget (1999).

Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

76. William Goldman

Writer | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Screenwriter, novelist, playwright, non-fiction author. Born in Highland Park, Illinois, USA, began his career as a novelist in 1957. Started writing screenplays in 1965 with "Masquerade". A two-time Academy Award Winner, he is one of the most successful screenwriters and script doctors in ...

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) The Stepford Wives (1975) Marathon Man (1976) A Bridge Too Far (1977) The Princess Bride (1987) Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

77. Frank Pierson

Writer | Dog Day Afternoon

Frank Pierson was born on May 12, 1925 in Chappaqua, New York, USA as Frank Romer Pierson. He was a producer and writer, known for Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Presumed Innocent (1990) and Cool Hand Luke (1967). He was married to Helene Szamet, Dori Pierson and Polly Stokes. He died on July 22, 2012 ...

Cat Ballou (1965) Cool Hand Luke (1967) Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

78. Reginald Rose

Writer | 12 Angry Men

Reginald Rose was born on December 10, 1920 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for 12 Angry Men (1957), Studio One in Hollywood (1948) and The Defenders (1961). He was married to Ellen McLaughlin and Barbara E. Langbart. He died on April 19, 2002 in ...

12 Angry Men (1957)

79. Walter Newman

Sound_department | Unforgiven

Ace in the Hole (1951) Cat Ballou (1965)

80. Paddy Chayefsky

Writer | Network

Author, producer and composer who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from CCNY, then a Purple Heart during World War II while serving in the US Army. Joining ASCAP in 1955, his chief musical collaborators included George Bassman and Harry Warren. His popular-song compositions include "Marty" and "...

Network (1976)

81. James Poe

Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Attended Bronxville High School in Bronxville, New York and then St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

82. Robert E. Thompson

Writer | They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Robert E. Thompson was born on November 3, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), West Side Story (1961) and Mission: Impossible (1966). He was married to Joanna. He died on February 11, 2004 in Santa Monica, California.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

83. Larry Gelbart

Writer | M*A*S*H

The gift of provoking laughter came early to Larry Gelbart and has never deserted him. His distinguished career as a writer of comedy reads like a history of the art over the last 40 years. His writing credits date back to the Golden Age of radio, thanks in part to his father. The elder Gelbart was...

MASH (1972) Tootsie (1982)

84. I.A.L. Diamond

Writer | The Apartment

I.A.L. Diamond was born on June 27, 1920 in Ungheni, Romania as Itek Domnici. He was a writer and producer, known for The Apartment (1960), Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). He was married to Barbara Ann Bentley. He died on April 21, 1988 in Beverly Hills, ...

Irma la Douce (1963) Some Like It Hot (1959) The apartment (1960)

85. Gérard Brach

Writer | Der Name der Rose

Gérard Brach was born on July 23, 1927 in Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was a writer and director, known for The Name of the Rose (1986), Frantic (1988) and Bitter Moon (1992). He died on September 9, 2006 in Paris, France.

Repulsion (1965) Cul-de-sac (1966)

86. Don McGuire

Writer | Tootsie

American screenwriter and director Don McGuire was a former Warner Brothers contract player and Hollywood press agent during the 1940s. He had a background in journalism, having begun his professional life as a reporter for the Hearst press. After four years of military service, he acted on screen ...

Tootsie (1982)

87. Robert Garland

Writer | No Way Out

Robert Garland is a writer and producer, known for No Way Out (1987), The Big Blue (1988) and The Electric Horseman (1979).

Tootsie (1982)

88. Elaine May

Actress | Small Time Crooks

Elaine May was born on April 21, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elaine Iva Berlin. She is an actress and writer, known for Small Time Crooks (2000), A New Leaf (1971) and Primary Colors (1998). She was previously married to David L. Rubinfine, Sheldon Harnick and Marvin May.

Tootsie (1982)

89. Leigh Brackett

Writer | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Leigh Douglass Brackett was born in 1915 in Los Angeles. She was the author of numerous short stories and books regarding science fiction and has been referred to as the Queen of Space Opera. Hollywood director Howard Hawks was so impressed by one of her novels that he had his secretary call in "...

The big sleep (1946) Rio Bravo (1959)

90. Jules Furthman

Writer | To Have and Have Not

Jules Furthman was a magazine and newspaper writer when he began writing for films in 1915. When the U.S. entered WWI Furthman used the name "Stephen Fox" for his screenplays because he thought his name sounded too German, but he reverted to his real name after the war. Furthman became one of the ...

The big sleep (1946) Rio Bravo (1959)

91. Jean-Claude Carrière

Writer | The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Jean-Claude Carrière was born on September 19, 1931 in Colombières-sur-Orb, Hérault, France as Jean-Claude François Carrière. He is a writer and actor, known for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and Happy Anniversary (1962).

La cagna (1972) Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972)

92. Bo Goldman

Writer | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

There are but a few select screenwriters who are spoken of with the kind of reverence usually reserved for film Directors - Robert Towne, Alvin Sargent and Bo Goldman. Goldman is a screenwriter's screenwriter, and one of the most honored in motion picture history. The recipient of two Academy ...

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

93. Lawrence Hauben

Writer | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Lawrence Hauben was born on March 3, 1931 in New York, USA as Lawrence Alan Hauben. He was an actor and writer, known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Point Blank (1967) and Then Came Bronson (1969). He died on December 22, 1985 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

94. David Sherwin

Writer | If....

David Sherwin was born on February 24, 1942 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as David Sherwin-White. He was a writer and actor, known for If.... (1968), Britannia Hospital (1982) and O Lucky Man! (1973). He was married to Monika Hayden and Gay Conolly. He died on January 8, 2018 in the UK.

If (1968) Oh Lucky Man! (1973) Britannia Hospital (1982)

95. Cesare Zavattini

Writer | Ladri di biciclette

Cesare Zavattini was born on September 29, 1902 in Luzzara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), It's Forever Springtime (1950) and Umberto D. (1952). He died on October 13, 1989 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Ladri di biciclette (1948)

96. Alfredo Giannetti

Writer | Divorzio all'italiana

Alfredo Giannetti was born on April 16, 1924 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Divorce Italian Style (1961), Day by Day, Desperately (1961) and The Facts of Murder (1959). He died on July 30, 1995 in Rome.

Divorzio all'italiana (1961)

97. Ennio De Concini

Writer | Divorzio all'italiana

Ennio De Concini was born on December 9, 1923 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Divorce Italian Style (1961), The Facts of Murder (1959) and The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963). He died on November 17, 2008 in Rome.

Il grido (1957) Divorzio all'italiana (1961)

98. Sergio Amidei

Writer | Roma città aperta

Sergio Amidei was born on October 3, 1904 in Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He was a writer and producer, known for Rome, Open City (1945), Il Generale Della Rovere (1959) and An Average Little Man (1977). He died on April 14, 1981 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Roma, città aperta (1945) Tales of ordinary madness (1981)

Il grido (1957) L'avventura (1960) L'eclisse (1962)

100. Gianni Puccini

Writer | Io uccido, tu uccidi

Son of writer Mario Puccini, brother of director Massimo Mida.

Ossessione (1943) Riso amaro (1949)

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