George Abbott

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
At 96, he became a newlywed - albeit for the third time - and directed a Broadway show; at 102, he was writing a libretto for an off-Broadway production of "Frankenstein. " In a career that spanned nine decades, few ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1887 in Forestville, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (19)

Trois hommes sur un cheval 1969 (Movie)

(from play: "Three Men on a Horse") (Source Material)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

The Pajama Game 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Boys From Syracuse 1939 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Coquette 1928 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Beat the Band (Movie)

(Play Author)

Broadway (Movie)

(Play Author)

Lilly Turner (Movie)

(Play Author)

Love 'em and Leave 'em (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Love 'em and Leave 'em (Movie)

(Play Author)

Stolen Heaven (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Fall Guy (Movie)

(Play Author)

The Saturday Night Kid (Movie)

(Play Author)

Those We Love (Movie)

(Play Author)

Three Men on a Horse (Movie)

(Play Author)

Where's Charley? (Movie)

(Book Author)

Why Bring That Up? (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (6)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pajama Game 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Too Many Girls 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

Stolen Heaven (Movie)

(Director)

The Cheat (Movie)

(Director)

Why Bring That Up? (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (5)

Lucy & Desi: TV's First Couple 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

Broadway: The Great White Way 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Music By Richard Rodgers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Vaudeville (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pajama Game 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Too Many Girls 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kiss and Tell (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

At 96, he became a newlywed - albeit for the third time - and directed a Broadway show; at 102, he was writing a libretto for an off-Broadway production of "Frankenstein. " In a career that spanned nine decades, few things, least of all age, slowed the producer, writer, director and sometime actor George Abbott until his death at the age of 107. Throughout his life, he had been known as "Mr. Broadway" due to his influence on the stage there, but he also wrote and directed a number of films as well. From his first hit on the stage, "Broadway" (1926) through a 1994 revival of the classic "Damn Yankees," Abbott's contributions indelibly shaped the American theater landscape. Hardworking, dashing and formal - most people eschewed his first name, famously calling him "Mr. Abbott" instead - his work won him multiple awards starting with his first for writing the screenplay for "All Quiet on the Western Front" in 1930 and culminating with Kennedy Center Honors in 1982.

Relationships

Joy Abbott

Wife
married November 22, 1983 when she was 52 and he was 96 survived him

Judith Abbott Song

Child
Married to Tom Ewell in 1946 divorced 1947

Mary Sinclair

Wife
married March 27, 1946 divorced August 17, 1951

Maureen Stapleton Actor

Companion
dated in 1970s

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts
studied playwriting in George Pierce Baker's workshop

Rochester University

Rochester , New York

Milestones

1994

Attended Broadway revival of "Damn Yankees"

1983

Oldest director of show on Broadway with revival of "On Your Toes"

1958

Co-directed film version of "Damn Yankees" with Stanley Donen

1935

Directed first musical, "Jumbo"

1930

Wrote first screenplay, "All Quiet on the Western Front"

1929

Directed first talkie, "Why Bring That Up?"

1926

First hit play, "Broadway"

Bonus Trivia

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On studying playwriting with George Pierce Baker at Harvard: "He gave you no nonsense about inner meanings and symbolism." - from The Independent, Feb. 2, 1995

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Helped launch many careers including Bob Fosse, Desi Arnaz, Gene Tierney, Jose Ferrer and more.

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Lights on Broadway were dimmed upon the news of his death.

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