They Write Goodby lovejam | created - 16 Mar 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
Writer | Jaws 3-D
Born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, Richard Burton Matheson first became a published author while still a child, when his stories and poems ran in the "Brooklyn Eagle". A lifelong reader of fantasy tales, he made his professional writing bow in 1950 when his short story "Born of Man and ...
3. Rod Serling
Writer | The Twilight Zone
John Phillips is the name used by longtime television and film writer Rod Serling when he asked that his real name be removed as the writer of the pilot episode of the series "The New People" in 1969. While Serling's name remained as series developer, he was sufficiently annoyed with ABC- TV's ...
4. Shane Black
Writer | The Nice Guys
Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) ...
Actor | My Awkward Sexual Adventure
Jonas Chernick co-wrote, produced and starred in the sci-fi comedy feature film James vs. His Future Self (2019), which won four awards at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards. That same year, he starred in The Prague Orgy (2019), adapted from the ...
Writer | Night of the Eagle
Charles Beaumont was the pseudonym for Charles Leroy Nutt, born on Chicago's North Side on January 2 1929. He also occasionally wrote under the names Charles McNutt and E.T. Beaumont (the latter apparently based on the name of a Texas town). Tragically short-lived, Beaumont was a dynamic and ...
Writer | I'm Thinking of Ending Things
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 ...
Writer | M the Movie
William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...
12. Harold Pinter
Writer | Sleuth
Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature, was born October 10, 1930, in London's working-class Hackney district to Hyman and Frances Pinter, Eastern European Jews who had immigrated to the United Kingdom from Portugal. Hyman (known as "Jack") was a tailor specializing in women's ...
14. Terry McMillan
Actress | Girls Trip
Terry McMillan was born on October 18, 1951, to Madeline Washington Tilman and Edward McMillan. She grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. Her parents divorced when she was thirteen and her father died three years later. McMillan's mother supported her family by working nights at a factory.
15. Cormac McCarthy
Writer | The Road
Cormac McCarthy was born on July 20, 1933 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Charles Joseph McCarthy Jr. He is a writer, known for The Road (2009), No Country for Old Men (2007) and The Counselor (2013). He was previously married to Jennifer Claire Winkley, Anne DeLisle and Lee Holleman.
16. T.J. Dawe
Writer | The F Word
TJ Dawe was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He studied theatre at the University of Victoria, earning a BFA in Acting. While touring the circuit of Canadian Fringe Festivals he discovered the culture of self-created theatre, and has been writing and performing his own work ever since. He written ...
17. Henrik Ibsen
Writer | While We're Young
Henrik Ibsen was born on March 20th in Stockmannsgerden in Skien. His mother was Marichen and his father was Knud, a merchant. On 1835 his father gave up his business and the family moved to Venstop, a farm in Gjerpen. In 1843 he confirmed in Gjerpen church and left home in order to apprentice to ...
18. August Wilson
Writer | Fences
August Wilson once dropped out of school, disillusioned after having been unjustly accused of plagiarism by a racist instructor who could not fathom the artistic and intellectual genius of a then young Black male writer. Wilson was not disillusioned forever. Having now completed a decade by decade ...
21. Dave Thomas
Writer | The Blacklist
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Dave was the eldest son of John and Moreen Thomas. John Thomas (deceased) was a PHD in Philosophy (Duke), noted medical ethicist, head of Philosophy Department at McMaster University, and author of several books including: "Matters of Life and Death," "Well ...
22. Maya Angelou
Actress | Poetic Justice
Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Marguerite Annie Johnson. She was an actress and writer, known for Poetic Justice (1993), Madea's Family Reunion (2006) and How to Make an American Quilt (1995). She was married to Paul Du Feu, Vusumzi Linda Make and Enistasious ...
Producer | Lady in the Water
Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.
He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...
24. Anita Loos
Writer | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
While she is now best known for her book "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Anita Loos was one of Hollywood's foremost early screenwriters. She began writing screen scenarios for the 'Biograph Company' at an early age (though not 12, as she later claimed), and the first to be produced, The New York Hat (...
25. Ian Fleming
Writer | Casino Royale
Born into a wealthy and influential English family, Ian Fleming spent his early years attending top British schools such as Eton and Sandhurst military academy. He took to writing while schooling in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and upon failing the entrance requirements for Foreign Service joined the news ...
28. Jean Genet
Writer | Poison
Jean-Paul Sartre likens Jean Genet to a saint for a very particular reason, a reason that is apparent in the title of the biography, but which does not translate in the English title--"Saint Genet: Actor and Martyr"--because meaning and referentiality are lost. The French title is "Saint Genet: ...
30. Mandeep Sodhi
Camera_department | Run
Mandeep draws his inspirations from and is heavily influenced by the works of David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, The Coen Brothers, James Cameron and Guy Ritchie. He was first enamored to make films when he was 13 and saw Terminator 2 but it remained bubbling within him. What really propelled him ...
31. Stieg Larsson
Writer | Flickan som lekte med elden
Stieg Larsson's three novels (collectively known as "The Millennium Series") were published posthumously, and each became a feature film. They were entitled (for the American market) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (originally published in 2005), The Girl Who Played with Fire (originally published ...
33. Oscar Micheaux
Writer | Within Our Gates
Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader (1919)) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile (1931)), is not only a major figure in American film for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window into the American history and psyche ...
34. Madison Thomas
Editor | Ruthless Souls
One of the most compelling and versatile filmmakers working in Canada today, Madison Thomas was named one of Playback Magazine's "Five Filmmakers to Watch" in 2019. A storyteller of mixed ancestry (Ojibwe/Saulteux & Russian/Ukrainian settler), Thomas is based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Treaty 1 ...
35. Spike Lee
Director | Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...
36. Collin Friesen
Writer | Sorry for Your Loss
Collin Friesen was born in small town Saskatchewan and grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. The son of a high school teacher and church secretary, Collin got his BA from the University of Manitoba before getting a job as a reporter for a local TV station. After working for the CBC in Alberta for two years,...
40. Cole Porter
Soundtrack | At Long Last Love
Cole Porter was born June 9, 1891, at Peru, Indiana, the son of pharmacist Samuel Fenwick Porter and Kate Cole. Cole was raised on a 750-acre fruit ranch. Kate Cole married Samuel Porter in 1884 and had two children, Louis and Rachel, who both died in infancy. Porter's grandfather, J.G. Cole, was a...
41. Jackie Collins
Actress | Danger Man
Jackie Collins was born on October 4, 1937 in London, England as Jacqueline Jill Collins. She was an actress and writer, known for Danger Man (1960), The Saint (1962) and The Stud (1978). She was married to Oscar Lerman and Wallace Austin. She died on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, ...
Writer | Carrie
Lawrence D. Cohen is an American screenwriter who, although hardly prolific, has worked with some of the most respected names in the genre movie and genre fiction industry. He first came to prominence in the 1970s when he penned the screenplay for the Stephen King adaptation Carrie (1976): the film...
45. 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 ...
Writer | The Exorcist
William Peter Blatty was born on January 7, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Exorcist (1973), The Exorcist III (1990) and The Ninth Configuration (1980). He was married to Julie Alicia Witbrodt, Linda Blatty, Elizabeth Gilman and Mary Margaret Rigard. ...
49. Roderick Thorp
Writer | Die Hard
Novelist, short-story writer, teacher -- and private detective. He wrote two novels that would be turned into theatrical films, "The Detective" (1966), which became The Detective (1968); and "Nothing Lasts Forever" (1979), which became Die Hard (1988). His 1986 novel "Rainbow Drive" was later ...
Director | I Was Lorena Bobbitt
Esterhazy is a director know for her female-driven stories. She began her film studies at the Winnipeg Film Group - the quirky cooperative which also produced filmmakers Guy Maddin and John Paizs. Esterhazy is a graduate of the Director's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre - the renowned film school ...
52. Robert Bloch
Writer | Psycho
Robert Bloch was born on April 5, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Albert Bloch. He is known for his work on Psycho (1960), Psycho (1998) and Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). He was married to Eleanor Zalisko Alexander and Marion Holcombe. He died on September 23, 1994 in Los Angeles,...
53. Ava DuVernay
Producer | Selma
A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...
54. 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...
Writer | Gedo senki
Ursula K. Le Guin was born on October 21, 1929 in Berkeley, California, USA as Ursula Kroeber. She is known for her work on Tales from Earthsea (2006), The Lathe of Heaven (1980) and The Telling. She was married to Charles A. Le Guin. She died on January 22, 2018 in Portland, Oregon, USA.
57. Dee Rees
Director | Mudbound
Writer/Director Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow.
In 2018, Dee became the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for her highly-acclaimed film Mudbound (2017). The film, ...
58. Chinua Achebe
Writer | Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria as Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. He was a writer, known for Things Fall Apart (1971), Things Fall Apart (1987) and History of the Negro People (1965). He was married to Christine Chinwe Okoli. He died on March 21, 2013 in Boston, ...
60. Tim Minchin
Actor | Upright
Tim Minchin was born on October, 1975, as Timothy David Minchin, and was brought up in Perth, Western Australia. He is an actor, comedian, musician, writer, and director known for Californication (2007), Larrikins (2018), and Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra (2011). He is the composer ...
62. Miranda July
Writer | Me and You and Everyone We Know
Filmmaker Magazine rated her #1 in their "25 New Faces of Indie Film" in 2004!
She is a performance artist and published short story writer. Since becoming a filmmaker, her debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) has won several film awards.
Daughter of Lindy Hough and Richard ...
66. Henry Farrell
Writer | Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Best known for penning Grand Guignol novels, his "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" in 1960 was adapted to film two years later and subsequently started the whole craze. His accompanying horror novel "Whatever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?" was the basis for the movie Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (...
67. Toni Morrison
Writer | Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison was born on February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, USA as Chloe Ardelia Wofford. She was a writer and actress, known for Song of Solomon, Beloved (1998) and American Experience (1988). She was married to Harold Morrison. She died on August 5, 2019 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA.
68. Sam Shepard
Actor | August: Osage County
Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, IL, to Jane Elaine (Schook), a teacher, and Samuel Shepard Rogers, a teacher and farmer who was also in the army. As the eldest son of a US Army officer (and WWII bomber pilot), Shepard spent his early childhood moving from base to base ...
69. Giovanni Arpino
Writer | Scent of a Woman
Giovanni Arpino was born on January 27, 1927 in Pola, Istria, Italy. He was a writer, known for Scent of a Woman (1992), Boccaccio '70 (1962) and The Young Nun (1964). He was married to Caterina Brero. He died on December 10, 1987 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy.
70. George Toles
Writer | The Saddest Music in the World
George Toles was born on July 31, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for The Saddest Music in the World (2003), Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters (2006) and Windfall (2019).
71. Stan Lee
Producer | Black Panther
Stan Lee was an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.
Stan was born in New York City, to Celia (Solomon) and Jack Lieber, a dress cutter. His parents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, ...
72. John Hughes
Writer | Planes, Trains & Automobiles
John Hughes was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter. He was credited for creating some of the most memorable comedy films of the 1980s and the 1990s, when he was at the height of his career. He had a talent for writing coming-of-age stories, and for depicting fairly realistic...
73. Oscar Wilde
Writer | The Picture of Dorian Gray
A gifted poet, playwright and wit, Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in 19th-century England. He was illustrious for preaching the importance of style in life and art, and of attacking Victorian narrow-mindedness.
Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1854. He studied at Trinity College in Dublin before ...
75. Jenny Han
Writer | To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Jenny Han is a writer and producer, known for To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) and To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020). She's the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series, among other books. Her books have been translated into over 40 ...
Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...
79. Irving Stone
Writer | Lust for Life
Irving Stone was born on July 14, 1903 in San Francisco, California, USA as Irvin Tenenbaum. He was a writer, known for Lust for Life (1956), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) and Magnificent Doll (1946). He was married to Jean Factor and Lona Mosk. He died on August 26, 1989 in Los Angeles, ...
83. Darcy Waite
Self | That's AWSM
Darcy Waite is the host of ATPNs youth series THAT'S AWSM and is one of Canada's fastest rising producers. He recently produced his first feature film through Telefilm's Talent to Watch program, Ruthless Souls. Darcy produced the award-winning CBC Short Docs film Zaasaakwe which played at the ...
Actor | Ober
Alex van Warmerdam was born on August 14, 1952 in Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands as Alexander Lucas Maria van Warmerdam. He is an actor and writer, known for Waiter (2006), Borgman (2013) and The Northerners (1992). He is married to Annet Malherbe. They have two children.
86. Alex Haley
Writer | Malcolm X
Alex Haley served in the United States Coast Guard during the Second World War, Korean Conflict, and Cold War, and was the first African-American Coast Guardsman in the modern era to reach the rank of Chief Petty Officer. This paved the way for many other black men and women to rise into the senior...
91. Numa Perrier
Producer | Jezebel
Born in Haiti and raised in small town USA, Numa Perrier is an actress, writer, filmmaker, and visual artist. She produces and develops TV and film projects under her production banner House of Numa. She trained in acting under Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and Polina Klimovitskaya...
92. Genevieve Nnaji
Actress | Road to Yesterday
Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera "Ripples" at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing ...
93. Kasi Lemmons
Actress | The Silence of the Lambs
Kasi Lemmons was born on February 24, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Karen Lemmons. She is an actress and director, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Candyman (1992) and Harriet (2019). She has been married to Vondie Curtis-Hall since August 19, 1995. They have two children.
94. Katori Hall
Writer | P-Valley
Memphis-native Katori Hall is an Olivier Award-winning playwright and the showrunner of P-Valley, a new Starz drama based on her play Pussy Valley. She's also the bookwriter and co-producer of West End and Broadway hit, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.
She is, perhaps, best known for The Mountaintop. ...
95. Robert Zemeckis
Writer | Back to the Future
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...
96. James Wan
Producer | The Conjuring 2
James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), Insidious (2010)...
Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith was born on January 19, 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Mary Patricia Plangman. She was a writer, known for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Strangers on a Train (1951) and Carol (2015). She died on February 4, 1995 in Locarno, Switzerland.
99. Mart Crowley
Producer | The Boys in the Band
Mart Crowley was born on August 21, 1935 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA as Edward Martino Crowley. He is known for his work on The Boys in the Band (2020), Hart to Hart (1979) and The Boys in the Band (1970). He died on March 7, 2020 in New York City, New York, USA.