Frank D Gilroy

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/13/1925 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (22)

Burke's Law 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Characters as Source Material

The Luckiest Man in the World 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Gig 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nero Wolfe 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Once in Paris 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

From Noon Till Three 1976 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

From Noon Till Three 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Desperate Characters 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Only Game in Town 1970 (Movie)

("The Only Game in Town") (Play as Source Material)

The Only Game in Town 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Subject Was Roses 1968 (Movie)

("The Subject Was Roses") (Play as Source Material)

The Subject Was Roses 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Writer

The Rifleman 1958 - 1963 (TV Show)

Writer

Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer? 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Writer

Texas John Slaughter 1958 - 1961 (TV Show)

Writer

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

The Gallant Hours 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Writer

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Writer

The Fastest Gun Alive 1956 (Movie)

("The Last Notch") (Source Material (from novel))

The Fastest Gun Alive 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (8)

The Luckiest Man in the World 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gig 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Nero Wolfe 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Once in Paris 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

From Noon Till Three 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Desperate Characters 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Money Plays (TV Show)

Director

The Turning Point of Jim Malloy (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Once in Paris 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Desperate Characters 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Bettina Gilroy

Mother

Ruth Gaydos

Wife
married on February 13, 1954

Frank Gilroy

Father

Tony Gilroy Screenplay

Child

Daniel Gilroy

Son

John Gilroy

Son

EDUCATION

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire 1950
graduated magna cum laude

Milestones

1970

Debut as feature film producer and director, "Desperate Characters"

1964

First play produced on Broadway, "The Subject Was Roses"

1962

First professional production of play, "Who'll Save the Plowboy?", Off-Broadway at the Phoenix Theatre

1956

Debut as screenwriter, "Fastest Gun Alive" (with Russell Rouse; adapted from Gilroy's short story "The Last Notch" and play)

1952

Became a TV writer

1949

First play produced, "The Middle World" at Dartmouth College

1942

Served in US Army

Wrote teleplays for "Playhouse 90", "Omnibus", "Studio One", "U.S. Steel Hour", "Kraft Theatre" and "Lux Video"

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