Colin Higgins

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Best remembered for writing the Hal Ashby-directed black comedy, "Harold and Maude" (1971), Higgins' scripts have ridden the wave of cultural trends or made reference to past masters of the genre. He endured five lean ... Read more »
Born: 07/28/1941 in New Caledonia

Filmography

Writer (7)

9 to 5 (Syndicated) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Story By

Foul Play 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Story By

9 to 5 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Foul Play 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silver Streak 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Harold and Maude 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Devil's Daughter (TV Show)

Screenplay
Director (3)

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

9 to 5 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Foul Play 1978 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Out on a Limb 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Harold and Maude 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

"Kalijak" Actor (Actor)

Biography

Best remembered for writing the Hal Ashby-directed black comedy, "Harold and Maude" (1971), Higgins' scripts have ridden the wave of cultural trends or made reference to past masters of the genre. He endured five lean years before scoring again with the original screenplay "Silver Streak" (1976) a comedy adventure directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder and Jill Clayburgh. For the chance to direct his next screenplay, "Foul Play" (1978), he sold it to Paramount for a cut rate. The detective comedy starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn was a box office hit and consolidated Higgins' reputation. There was no denying that both scripts owed more than a little to Alfred Hitchcock. He went on to co-script and direct the Dolly Parton vehicles "9 to 5" (1980) and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982), both of whose story lines gave women the upper hand in the ongoing battle of the sexes.

Relationships

Parent
Australian and American

Brother
had five

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Stanford, California 1967
graduated

Actors Studio

New York, New York

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
graduate studies

last two years in high school spent at a Franciscan monastery

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris

Milestones

1978

Directorial debut (and screenplay), "Foul Play"

1978

Feature acting debut, "The Shout"

1976

Sold feature length screenplay, "Silver Streak"

1973

TV-movie scriptwriting debut, "The Devil's Daughter"

1972

TV-movie acting debut, "The Heist"

1970

20-minute drama written for Masters thesis became basis for hit cult feature, ""Harold and Maude"

Bonus Trivia

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Higgins' will established The Colin Higgins Foundation to fund research for AIDS and to provide fundind to AIDS-related causes.

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