Arthur Miller

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director
Acknowledged as a leading figure in postwar American theater, playwright Arthur Miller had long been acclaimed as a writer who mixed naturalistic drama with timeless moral and political issues, with much of his work ... Read more »
Born: 10/16/1915 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (28)

Old Vic's The Crucible 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eden 2001 (Movie)

("Homely Girl") (Source Material (from novel))

Eden 2001 (Movie)

("Homely Girl") (Source Material (from novel))

Eden 2001 (Movie)

(Novel: HOMELY GIRL) (Source Material)

Focus 2001 (Movie)

("Focus") (Source Material (from novel))

Focus 2001 (Movie)

(Novel: FOCUS) (Source Material)

Death of a Salesman 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Writer

The Crucible 1996 (Movie)

("The Crucible") (Play as Source Material)

The Crucible 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Clara 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Writer

An Enemy of the People 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

Everybody Wins 1990 (Movie)

("Some Kind of Love Story") (Play as Source Material)

Everybody Wins 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

All My Sons 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Fame 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Screenplay

An Enemy of the People 1977 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

After the Fall 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

The Price 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

Death of a Salesman 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

A View From the Bridge 1961 (Movie)

("A View From the Bridge") (Play as Source Material)

The Misfits 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Witches of Salem 1958 (Movie)

("The Crucible") (Play as Source Material)

Death of a Salesman 1951 (Movie)

("Death of a Salesman") (Play as Source Material)

All My Sons 1948 (Movie)

("All My Sons") (Play as Source Material)

A Memory of Two Mondays (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

An Enemy of the People (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Broken Glass (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Playing For Time (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (23)

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mark Twain 2002 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Eden 2001 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

The Green Room 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

William Styron: The Way of the Writer 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Seventh Annual Genesis Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur Miller 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Why Havel? 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Congress 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

Storytellers: The PEN Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Do Not Enter: The Visa War Against Ideas 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Statue of Liberty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Alexander Calder (TV Show)

Actor

Brooklyn Bridge (TV Show)

Actor

The Civil War (TV Show)

Voice

The Ryan Interview (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Death of a Salesman (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Acknowledged as a leading figure in postwar American theater, playwright Arthur Miller had long been acclaimed as a writer who mixed naturalistic drama with timeless moral and political issues, with much of his work centered on the ethical responsibility of the individual in conflict with his community. Despised by some critics throughout his career, Miller endured harsh criticism even at the pinnacle of his success, with some depicting his aura of greatness as being premature. Such criticisms came following his landmark play, "Death of a Salesman" (1949), which won both a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize, while building a reputation as one of the greatest plays written in the 20th century. Four years later, he wrote "The Crucible" (1953), a thinly-guised examination of McCarthyism and the Red Scare that was a worthy addition to his already impressive canon, which included the working-class triumph of "A View from the Bridge" (1955). After himself enduring public suspicion for ties to Communism, which led to a conviction - and later appeal - for contempt of Congress, he made further headlines for his high-profile, but stormy marriage to sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, which ended unpleasantly right after the completion of "The Misfits" (1961), a film written by Miller for Monroe which ultimately proved to be her last. Miller raised a few hackles with "After the Fall" (1964), a deeply personal look at his relationship with Monroe that ultimately became his most reviled play. Though he spent the ensuing decades writing plays for both on and off Broadway, Miller failed to recapture the prominence of his early career - a condition Miller himself partly blamed on the overall state of the theater, which he felt was too focused on profit over artistic freedom. But Miller went on to find success on television and in film with his Emmy-winning "Playing for Time" (CBS, 1980) and the critically acclaimed adaptation of his own work, "The Crucible" (1996), all the while enjoying his reputation as one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century.

Relationships

Augusta Miller

Mother

Joan Copeland Actor

Sister
Born in June 1922 has appeared in plays by Miller including "The Price" and "The American Clock" in which she played a character based on her mother

Daniel Day-Lewis Actor

Son-In-Law
Married Rebecca Miller November 1996

Isadore Miller

Father

Robert A Miller Actor

Son
Mother, Mary Grace Slattery produced film version of "The Crucible"

Daniel Miller

Son
Born with Down Syndrome in November 1966 mother, Inge Morath was consequently institutionalized and excluded from the Millers' personal life at Arthur's insistence later reunited with father as an adult

Rebecca Miller Actor

Daughter
Born Sept. 15, 1962 mother, Ingeborg Morath married actor Daniel Day-Lewis in 1996 known for her films "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits" (2002), "The Ballad of Jack and Rose" (2005) and "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" (2009)

Jane Miller

Daughter
Mother, Mary Grace Slattery

Marilyn Monroe Actor

Wife
Married June 29, 1956 Divorced Jan. 20, 1961

Inge Morath Actor

Wife
Married Feb. 18, 1962 until her death from lymphoma Jan. 30, 2002

Mary Slattery

Wife
Married Aug. 5, 1940 Divorced June 11, 1956

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan 1934 - 1938
Switched his major from journalism to English and subsequently won the Avery Hopwood Award for his first work "No Villain"

Abraham Lincoln High School

Brooklyn , New York 1932

Milestones

2004

Miller's final play, "Finishing the Picture," opened at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago

2002

Wrote play "Resurrection Blues"; premiered at Minnesota's Guthrie Theatre during the 2002-2003 season

2001

Made acting debut at age 85 in "Eden," an adaptation of his short story "Homely Girl, A Life"; also co-wrote screenplay

2000

Produced "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan" on Broadway; garnered Tony nomination for Best Play

1998

"The Ride Down Mt. Morgan" produced Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre, starring Patrick Stewart

1995

Wrote screen adaptation of "The Crucible"; first screenplay by Miller based on own work

1994

First produced Broadway play in over two decades, "Broken Glass"

1991

Initial production of "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan"

1990

Wrote original feature "Everybody Wins"

1987

Published memoirs, Timebends

1983

Oversaw production of "Death of a Salesman" in Beijing, China

1980

Adapted "Playing for Time" for television; won Emmy Award

1979

Wrote semi-autobiographical play "The American Clock"

1972

Last Broadway production for over twenty years, "The Creation of the World and Other Business"

1968

Produced "The Price" on Broadway

1961

Wrote first original script, "The Misfits," starring Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift

1958

Congressional contempt citation reversed on appeal

1957

Found in contempt of Congress

1956

Called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC); refused to name names

1953

Wrote "The Crucible" as a thinly-veiled comment on McCarthyism; won second Tony award

1950

Adapted Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People"

1949

Won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for the Broadway production of the classic drama "Death of a Salesman"

1947

Breakthrough play, "All My Sons"

1944

Published first novel Focus

1943

First produced play, "Man Who Had All the Luck"

1942

Hired to write a screenplay based on Ernie Pyle's "Here Is Your War"; Miller's version rejected and the script eventually became "The Story of G.I. Joe" (1945)

1936

Wrote first plays "Honors to Dawn" and "No Villain"

1929

Family moved to Brooklyn

Worked at the Federal Theatre Project writing scripts for radio shows

Bonus Trivia

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He was awarded the National Arts Club's Medal of Honor for Literature in 1992.

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