George Axelrod

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
A consistently effective scenarist, Axelrod wrote often witty and always acute examinations of American social mores that produced several superior films of the 1950s and 60s. After serving in the Army Signal Corps ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1922 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (17)

The Fourth Protocol 1987 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

Goodbye Charlie 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

The Holcroft Covenant 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lady Vanishes 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret Life of an American Wife 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lord Love a Duck 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

How to Murder Your Wife 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Goodbye, Charlie 1964 (Movie)

("Goodbye Charlie") (Play as Source Material)

Paris When It Sizzles 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Manchurian Candidate 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Breakfast At Tiffany's 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 (Movie)

("Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?") (Play as Source Material)

Bus Stop 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Seven Year Itch 1955 (Movie)

("The Seven Year Itch") (Play as Source Material)

The Seven Year Itch 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Phffft! 1954 (Movie)

(From Story)

Phffft! 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (5)

The Secret Life of an American Wife 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lord Love a Duck 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

How to Murder Your Wife 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paris When It Sizzles 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Manchurian Candidate 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

Bel Air Man (Actor)

Jayne Mansfield: Love and Kisses 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

The Secret Life of an American Wife 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Lord Love a Duck 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A consistently effective scenarist, Axelrod wrote often witty and always acute examinations of American social mores that produced several superior films of the 1950s and 60s. After serving in the Army Signal Corps during World War II, The New York-born Axelrod found work writing scripts for radio programs, including "The Shadow," "Midnight" and "Grand Ole Opry," eventually branching into television. He said he contributed to or collaborated on more than 400 TV and radio scripts, and wrote for a number of top comedians, including Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin before earning breakout success with his 1954 stage version of "The Seven Year Itch," a risque social satire about a middle-class man who has an affair while his wife and children are on vacation. The play was a hit on Broadway but was deemed not ready for a mainstream audience the following year when it was made into a film directed by Billy wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe. The plot was watered-down with the husband (Tom Ewell) only fantasizing about having an affair.

Relationships

Herman Axelrod

Father
worked in real estate

Beatrice Axelrod

Mother

Nina Axelrod

Daughter
mother, Joan Stanton

Peter Axelrod

Son
mother, Gloria Washburn

Steven Axelrod

Son
mother, Gloria Washburn

Jonathan Axelrod

Step-Son
mother, Joan Stanton second wife is actress Illeana Douglas

Joan Stanton

Wife
married in October 1954

Gloria Washburn

Wife
married on February 28, 1942 divorced in 1954

Milestones

1966

Feature directorial debut, "Lord Love a Duck"

1962

Feature producing debut, "The Manchurian Candidate"

1955

Co-wrote (with Billy Wilder) screenplay for "The Seven Year Itch" based on his stage play

1954

Screenwriting debut, from his story, "Phfft"

1949

TV debut as a writer for the CBS series "54th Street Revue"

Served in US Army Signal Corps during World War II

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