Garson Kanin

Screenwriter, Director, Playwright
A highly competent, witty playwright, screenwriter and director, Garson Kanin is perhaps best-remembered for his 1945 Broadway smash "Born Yesterday" and for the scenarios he wrote for others, especially George Cukor.
Born: 11/24/1912 in Rochester, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (23)

Smash 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Born Yesterday 1993 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Some Kind of a Nut 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Where It's At 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High Time 1960 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Rat Race 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rat Race 1960 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

The Girl Can't Help It 1956 (Movie)

from novella("Do Re Mi") (Source Material (from novel))

It Should Happen to You 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It Should Happen to You 1953 (Movie)

(From Story)

Pat and Mike 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Marrying Kind 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Marrying Kind 1952 (Movie)

(From Story)

Born Yesterday 1950 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Born Yesterday 1950 (Movie)

("Born Yesterday") (Play as Source Material)

Adam's Rib 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Double Life (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

From This Day Forward (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Hardhat and Legs (TV Show)

Screenplay

Moviola: The Silent Lovers (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Moviola: This Year's Blonde (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

The More the Merrier (Movie)

(Short Story Author)
Director (10)

Some Kind of a Nut 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Where It's At 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

My Favorite Wife 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

Bachelor Mother 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

A Man to Remember (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Man Votes (Movie)

(Director)

The True Glory (Movie)

(Director)

They Knew What They Wanted (Movie)

(Director)

Tom, Dick and Harry (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (7)

Mia Farrow: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cary Grant: The Leading Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bachelor Mother 1938 (Movie)

Musician in Night Club (Actor)

Biography

A highly competent, witty playwright, screenwriter and director, Garson Kanin is perhaps best-remembered for his 1945 Broadway smash "Born Yesterday" and for the scenarios he wrote for others, especially George Cukor.

Relationships

David M Kanin

Father

Sadie Kanin

Mother

Ruth Gordon Actor

Wife
Married from December 4, 1942 until her death in 1985

Fay Kanin Screenplay

Sister-In-Law

Michael Kanin

Brother
born in 1910 died in 1993

Ruth Kanin

Sister
survived him

Fay Kanin

Sister-In-Law
born in 1917

Marian Seldes Actor

Wife
Married from June 19, 1990 to his death in 1999

EDUCATION

James Madison High School

New York , New York
dropped out in 1929

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1932 - 1933
classmates included Jim Backus

Milestones

1978

Final collaboration with Ruth Gordon, the teleplay for the TV-movie "Hard Hat and Legs"

1968

Last screenplay to date "Where It's At"; also directed

1964

Directed the Broadway musical "Funny Girl"

1956

Adapted and co-directed TV production of "Born Yesterday"

1946

Directed the stage play "Years Ago" by wife Ruth Gordon

1946

First screenplay with Gordon, "A Double Life"

1946

First play produced on Broadway, "Born Yesterday"

1941

Did uncredited work on the screenplay for "Woman of the Year"; credited to Kanin's brother Michael and Ring Lardner Jr

1940

Served in the US Army Signal Corps

1938

Feature film debut as director, "A Man to Remember"

1938

Put under contract at RKO

1937

Made debut as stage director with "Hitch Your Wagon"

1936

Last appearance as an actor, "Star Spangled"

1934

Began working as assistant to director George Abbott

1933

Debut as an actor in the Broadway production "Little Ol' Boy"

1929

Dropped out of high school to work in vaudeville as a musician and comedian

Promoted to sergeant in the US Army Air Force

Was captain in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Bonus Trivia

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Kanin also directed such Broadway productions as "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "Funny Girl".

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