Evan Hunter

Screenwriter, Novelist
Ed McBain is the most famous pen name of author Evan Hunter, and it is the name under which Hunter did his best-known work, the 87th Precinct series of police procedurals. As Hunter, however, he wrote the novel The ... Read more »
Born: 10/15/1926 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (31)

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

From Story

No Time To Die 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

From Story

Hearts of Stone 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

From Story

Me and Mr. Stenner 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

The Chisholms 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Creator

Walk Proud 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Liens de sang 1976 (Movie)

("Blood Relatives") (Source Material (from novel))

Of Men of Women 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer

Fuzz 1972 (Movie)

(credited as Ed McBain) (Source Material (from novel))

Fuzz 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Every Little Crook and Nanny 1971 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Le Cri du Cormoran le Soir Au-Dessus des Jonques 1970 (Movie)

(Book as Source Material)

Sans Mobile Apparent 1970 (Movie)

(Book as Source Material)

Last Summer 1969 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Mister Buddwing 1966 (Movie)

("Buddwing") (Source Material (from novel))

High and Low 1963 (Movie)

("King's Ransom") (Source Material (from novel))

The Birds 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Young Savages 1961 (Movie)

("A Matter of Conviction") (Source Material (from novel))

Strangers When We Meet 1960 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Strangers When We Meet 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pusher 1959 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Mugger 1957 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Blackboard Jungle 1955 (Movie)

("The Blackboard Jungle") (Source Material (from novel))

Columbo: Undercover (TV Show)

From Story

Dream West (TV Show)

Screenplay

Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Heatwave (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

The Chisholms (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Legend of Walks Far Woman (TV Show)

Screenplay

Three Blind Mice (TV Show)

Source Material
Actor (1)

Case Reopened 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

Ed McBain is the most famous pen name of author Evan Hunter, and it is the name under which Hunter did his best-known work, the 87th Precinct series of police procedurals. As Hunter, however, he wrote the novel The Blackboard Jungle (1954), on which the film starring Sidney Poitier and Glenn Ford is based, and the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963). As the 87th Precinct series grew in popularity, however, McBain's fame eventually eclipsed Hunter's, and today it is largely McBain who is remembered as the father of the police procedural.

Relationships

Mary Finley

Ex-Wife

Dragica Hunter

Wife
married in September 1997

Anita Melnick

Ex-Wife

EDUCATION

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Hunter College

Milestones

1986

Presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mystery Writers of America

1963

Wrote screenplay for "The Birds" as Evan Hunter

1963

Akira Kurosawa's "High and Low," based on McBain's 1959 novel, King's Ransom, is released

1961

Created the TV series, "87th Precinct"

1958

Film of "Cop Hater" released

1956

Published first 87th Precinct novel as Ed McBain, Cop Hater

1956

Wrote first teleplay for "The Kaiser Aluminum Hour" as Evan Hunter

1955

Film version of "The Blackboard Jungle" released

1954

Published novel The Blackboard Jungle as Evan Hunter

1951

First professional short story sale as S.A. Lombino

Bonus Trivia

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Briefly taught at a Bronx High School which gave him the background for The Blackboard Jungle (1954).

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Worked with a number of famous writers at Scott Meredith literary agency, including Arthur C. Clarke and P.G. Wodehouse.

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Changed his name to Evan Hunter because he felt his Italian birth name would be off-putting to readers.

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Credited for inventing the police procedural as a crime subgenre.

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Was first American recipient of CWA/Cartier Diamond Dagger Award in 1998.

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