Frank D Gilroy
Award-winning playwright who began his career during the "Golden Age" of live TV and entered film as a screenwriter in 1956 with "Fastest Gun Alive". Gilroy won acclaim on the New York stage with his Obie Award-winning "Who'll Save the Plowboy?" (1962); he won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his Broadway debut, "The Subject Was Roses", a powerful autobiographical drama about a post-war, dysfunctional family that he adapted to film in 1968.
Gilroy subsesquently branched out into directing, and sometimes producing, quirky films based on his own highly personal screenplays such as "Desperate Characters" (1971), "From Noon Till Three" (1976), "Once in Paris..." (1978) and "The Gig" (1985). Son John Gilroy served as associate producer and editor on his father's 1989 film "The Luckiest Man in the World" and sons Dan ("Freejack" 1992) and Tony are both screenwriters.