Best-selling author of epic, historical novels ("Tai Pan", "Shogun" "Noble House"), who has worked as a screenwriter and director in the US since 1953, though his best film as a director is the Britis...
Eric Bercovici, the screenwriter who adapted and produced James Clavell's novel Shogun into an epic mini-series, has died, aged 80. He passed away at his home in Hawaii on Thursday (20Feb14).
Shogun was a critically-savaged ratings winner when it aired in the U.S. in 1980, and became the biggest success of Bercovici's career.
The writer was the son of screenwriter Leonardo Bercovici. He studied at Yale University and set out to follow in his father's footsteps, but his own screenwriting career was derailed when his dad was blacklisted as part of Hollywood's McCarthy-era communist witchhunt.
Bercovici opted to work in Europe and wrote episodes of I Spy and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Pursued Naval career, like his father and grandfather, but motorcycle accident left him with a limp that ended that career
Moved to Hollywood and worked carpenter by day and wrote scripts by night (including "Far Alert" which was sold but never filmed)
Worked as salesman before a TV pilot deal brought him to US
Film directing and producing debut, "Five Gates to Hell" (also writer)
Wrote first novel, "King Rat"
Captain with British Royal Artillery, spent half of WWII in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp
Executive producer of the Broadway musical, "Shogun" (adapted from his novel)
Wrote first screenplays, "The Fly" and "Watusi"
Best-selling author of epic, historical novels ("Tai Pan", "Shogun" "Noble House"), who has worked as a screenwriter and director in the US since 1953, though his best film as a director is the British-produced, "To Sir, With Love" (1967). Clavell's novel "King Rat", based on his experiences in a WWII Japanese prison camp, was effectively brought to the screen in 1965 by another versatile talent, Bryan Forbes and most of his other novels have been filmed or made into TV mini-series.