Alvin Sargent

Screenwriter
Philadelphia-born Alvin Sargent was in his mid-30s when he began his career as a screenwriter. He honed his craft penning teleplays for such early 1960s series as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". "Naked City", "Route 66" ... Read more »
Born: 04/11/1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (29)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unfaithful 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anywhere But Here 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bogus 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hero 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

Other People's Money 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What About Bob? 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

White Palace 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dominick and Eugene 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nuts 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ordinary People 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Straight Time 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bobby Deerfield 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Julia 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Paper Moon 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love, Pain and the Whole Damned Thing 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Search 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

I Walk the Line 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sterile Cuckoo 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Stalking Moon 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gambit 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ben Casey 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Writer

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Writer

Route 66 1960 - 1964 (TV Show)

Writer

Footsteps (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Impatient Heart (TV Show)

Screenplay

Biography

Philadelphia-born Alvin Sargent was in his mid-30s when he began his career as a screenwriter. He honed his craft penning teleplays for such early 1960s series as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". "Naked City", "Route 66" and "Ben Casey". Segueing to features in 1966, he shared screen credit on the Shirley MacLaine-Michael Caine vehicle "Gambit". Sargent went on to distinguish himself as a fine adapter of literary material. While his produced oeuvre is not terribly prolific, it has yielded a number of gems and the screenwriter has proven effective at finding a visual equivalent for the written word. Sargent received solo credit on "The Sterile Cuckoo" (1969) which provided a meaty role for Liza Minnelli and earned his first Academy Award nomination for "Paper Moon" (1973), his fine rendering of Joe David Brown's novel "Addie Pray". While he faltered with the race car romance "Bobby Deerfield" (1977), he took home an Oscar for his lyrical script to "Julia" (also 1977), adapted from Lillian Hellman's memoirs. Sargent won a deserved second statuette from the Academy for his fine rendering of "Ordinary People" (1980), drawn from Judith Guest's novel. He went on to share screen credit on the courtroom drama "Nuts" (1987) and the older woman-younger man romance "White Palace" (1990). For director Norman Jewison, Sargent scripted the slick screen version of Jerry Sterner's hit Off-Broadway play "Other People's Money" (1991) but stumbled with the screenplay for the fantasy "Bogus" (1996), also for Jewison. Three years later, he penned the screenplay adaptation for "Anywhere But Here".

Relationships

Laura Ziskin Producer

Companion

Laura Ziskind

Companion
together since c. 1991

Milestones

1999

Wrote the screen adaptation of Mona Simpson's novel "Anywhere But Here"

1996

Penned the script for "Bogus", from a stroy by Jeff Rothenberg and Francis X McCarthy

1991

Adapted Jerry Sterner's play "Other People's Money" for the screen

1990

Co-wrote (with Ted Talley) "White Palace"

1987

Was one of three credited writers on the screenplay for "Nuts"

1980

Earned second Academy Award for his script for "Ordinary People", directed by Robert Redford

1977

Won Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Julia"

1973

Recieved first Academy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation "Paper Moon"

1970

Scripted the NBC TV-movie "The Impatient Heart"

1968

Received solo credit for the script for "The Sterile Cuckoo"

1966

First produced screenplay, "Gambit", co-written with Jack Davies

Wrote for TV series such as "Naked City", "Route 66", "Ben Casey" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"

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