Anthony Shaffer

Playwright, Screenwriter, Barrister
A leading British playwright and screenwriter noted for his elaborate plots, Shaffer is perhaps best remembered for "Sleuth" (1972), adapted from his Tony-winning play and starring Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1926 in Liverpool, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (12)

Sleuth 2007 (Movie)

(from play: "Sleuth") (Source Material)

The Wicker Man 2006 (Movie)

(from original screenplay "The Wicker Man") (Source Material)

Sommersby 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

Absolution 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Appointment With Death 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Evil Under the Sun 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Death on the Nile 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wicker Man 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sleuth 1972 (Movie)

("Sleuth") (Play as Source Material)

Sleuth 1972 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Frenzy 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A leading British playwright and screenwriter noted for his elaborate plots, Shaffer is perhaps best remembered for "Sleuth" (1972), adapted from his Tony-winning play and starring Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier.

After receiving his degree from Cambridge, Shaffer and his twin brother Peter co-authored two novels under the pseudonym Peter Anthony before each carved out a niche on stage and in films. His first play, "The Savage Parade" was produced in 1963. Shaffer segued to features with "Mr. Forbush and the Penguins/Cry of the Penguins" (1971), a drama about a young biologist in the Antarctic. In addition to "Sleuth", about a mystery writer leading his wife's lover into a diabolical trap, other Shaffer screenplays include Alfred Hitchcock's "Frenzy" (1972), about an innocent man suspected of being a serial killer, the eerie thriller "The Wicker Man" (1973) and three adaptation of Agatha Christie mysteries, "Death on the Nile" (1978), "Evil Under the Sun" (1982) and "Appointment with Death" (1988), all starring Peter Ustinov as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. In 1993, Shaffer co-wrote the story adaptation for "Sommersby", based on the French "Le Retourne de Martin Guerre", about a man who comes back from war, but is impersonating another man.

Relationships

Reka Shaffer

Mother

Diane Cilento Actor

Wife
Married Jan. 27, 1985 until his death Nov. 6, 2001

Jason Connery

Step-Son

Jack Shaffer

Father

Claudia Shaffer

Daughter
mother Carolyn Soley

Cressida Shaffer

Daughter
mother, Carolyn Soley

Peter Shaffer

Brother
twin of Anthony

Carolyn Soley

Wife

EDUCATION

St Paul's School

Trinity College, University of Cambridge

1950

Milestones

1993

Credited with contributing story elements to "Sommersby"

1982

Returned to Broadway with "Whodunnit?"

1978

Scripted "Death on the Nile", the first of three adaptations of Agatha Christie Hercule Poiret mysteries

1975

Wrote stage play "Murderer"

1973

Did the screenplay for the thriller "The Wicker Man"

1972

Adapted "Sleuth" for the screen; also wrote "Frenzy" for Alfred Hitchcock

1970

Screenwriting debut, "Absolution" (released in 1979)

1970

Penned screenplay adaptation of novel "Mr. Forbush and the Penguins"

1969

"Sleuth" premieres in London; later on Broadway

1963

Had first play produced, "The Savage Parade"

1951

Practiced as a barrister

1943

With twin brother, called up for non-military service; worked in coal mines in Kent and Yorkshire for three years

1935

Family settled in London

Moved to Australia with third wife Diane Cilento; launched the open-air Karnak Playhouse in Queensland

Born in Liverpool

Bonus Trivia

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He was born five minutes before his twin brother Peter.

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