Graham Greene

Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright
A distinguished English novelist whose works were adapted into numerous acclaimed films, Graham Greene divided his books into what he labeled "entertainments" - psychological thrillers involving intrigue and espionage ... Read more »
Born: 10/02/1904 in Hertfordshire, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (34)

Brighton Rock 2011 (Movie)

(from novel: "Brighton Rock") (Source Material)

The Fallen Idol 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Fallen Idol 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Quiet American 2002 (Movie)

(from novel:"The Quiet American") (Source Material)

Double Take 2001 (Movie)

from novella("Across the Bridge") (Source Material (from novel))

The End of the Affair 1999 (Movie)

("The End of the Affair") (Source Material (from novel))

This Gun For Hire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Strike It Rich 1990 (Movie)

from novella("Loser Takes All") (Source Material (from novel))

Graham Greene's "The Tenth Man" 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Beyond the Limit 1983 (Movie)

("The Honorary Consul") (Source Material (from novel))

The Potting Shed 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

The Human Factor 1980 (Movie)

("The Human Factor") (Source Material (from novel))

England Made Me 1973 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Travels With My Aunt 1972 (Movie)

(from novel:"Travels With My Aunt") (Source Material)

The Comedians 1967 (Movie)

("The Comedians") (Source Material (from novel))

The Comedians 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Our Man in Havana 1959 (Movie)

("Our Man in Havana") (Source Material (from novel))

Our Man in Havana 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Across the Bridge 1957 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Saint Joan 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Short Cut to Hell 1957 (Movie)

("This Gun For Hire") (Source Material (from novel))

The Quiet American 1957 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

The End of the Affair 1955 (Movie)

("The End of the Affair") (Source Material (from novel))

The Heart of the Matter 1953 (Movie)

("The Heart of the Matter") (Source Material (from novel))

Brighton Rock 1951 (Movie)

("Brighton Rock") (Source Material (from novel))

Brighton Rock 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Third Man 1950 (Movie)

("The Third Man") (From Story)

The Third Man 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

This Gun For Hire 1941 (Movie)

("This Gun For Hire") (Source Material (from novel))

21 Days (TV Show)

Screenwriter

Confidential Agent (Movie)

(Book Author)

Doctor Fischer of Geneva (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Ministry of Fear (Movie)

(Book Author)

Monsignor Quixote (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)
Actor (1)

Day For Night 1973 (Movie)

the English Insurance Broker (Actor)

Biography

A distinguished English novelist whose works were adapted into numerous acclaimed films, Graham Greene divided his books into what he labeled "entertainments" - psychological thrillers involving intrigue and espionage - and "novels," which often dealt with larger moral, religious or political themes. After his early years as a journalist, Greene commenced his writing career with The Man Within (1929) and was introduced to Hollywood when Stamboul Train (1932) was adapted into "Orient Train" (1934). He found his first success as a novelist and on screen when A Gun for Sale (1936) was made into the iconic Alan Ladd film noir "This Gun for Hire" (1942) and Brighton Rock (1938) propelled Richard Attenborough's career with a 1947 feature of the same name. Meanwhile, "The Third Man" (1949) starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles and adapted from his 1949 novel, lived on as one of the greatest film noirs ever made. In his later years, Greene's politics became highly critical of American imperialism and led to The Quiet American (1955), which foreshadowed the United States' involvement in Vietnam, and was turned into exemplary films in 1958 and 2002. Though largely dissatisfied with filmed versions of his work, Greene nonetheless saw adaptations of "The End of the Affair" (1955), "Our Man in Havana" (1960), "Travels with My Aunt" (1972) and "The Tenth Man" (1988). Though he was haunted by the demons of alcoholism, bipolar disorder and sexual obsession, Greene's worked assured his place as one of the 20th century's most accomplished authors.

Relationships

Anita Bjork

Companion
Swedish had lengthy affair in the 1950s resentment of relationship in cultural circles may have cost Greene the Nobel Prize

Yvonne Cloetta

Companion
dedicated last novel, "The Captain and the Enemy", to her

Vivien Dayrell-Browning

Wife
born c. 1906 met in 1925 Greene converted to Catholicism because she had previously converted to the religion married in October 1927 separated in 1948 but never divorced

Charles Greene

Father
headmaster of Berkhamsted School which son attended married his cousin

Marion Greene

Mother
cousin to husband distantly related to Robert Louis Stevenson

Lucy Greene

Daughter
born in December 1933 mother, Vivien Dayrell-Browning

Francis Greene

Son
born in September 1936 mother Vivien Dayrell-Browning literary executor of his father's estate

Hugh Greene

Brother
served as Director General of the BBC

Raymond Greene

Brother

EDUCATION

Balliol College, Oxford University

1925
served as editor of The Oxford Outlook

Berkhamsted School

Berkhamsted , Hertfordshire

Milestones

1967

Final film script, "The Comedians"

1960

Reunited with Carol Reed for "Our Man in Havana"

1957

Penned screenplay for Otto Preminger's "Saint Joan"

1954

Worked as correspondent in Vietnam for The New Republic

1949

Wrote perhaps best-known film "The Third Man", adapted from his story; directed by Carol Reed

1947

Penned the script for "Brighton Rock", based on his novel

1942

Returned to London; later transferred to Portugal where he reported to Kim Philby

1940

Assigned to work in Sierra Leone (December)

1937

First screenplay, "21 Days" (filmed 1937; release delayed until 1940)

1926

Worked as copy editor at the London Times

1926

Converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism (February)

1925

Worked at the Nottingham Journal

Worked for the British Ministry of Information during WWII

Wrote first novel "The Man Within" (1929) while working at the Times

Left the Times to become film critic , first for periodical, Night and Day and later for The Spectator; began writing "entertainments" during this period

Suffered a nervous collapse while at Berkhamsted School as a result of persecution by two classmates

Bonus Trivia

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"The difference between an entertainment and a novel is about 20,000 words." --Graham Greene

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"Mr. Greene was a superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy by writing topical novels in political settings. But many of his deepest concerns were spirtual: a soul working out its salvation or damnation amid the paradoxes and anomalies of 20th-century existence." --From The New York Times obituary, April 4, 1991.

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"Mr. Greene's writer's appeal extended beyond readers concerned with good and evil to encompass those who like a good story. He had some of the narrative flair of Robert Louis Stevenson, to whom he was related. He had moreover, a talent for depicting local color, which he gathered at first hand; a keen sense of the dramatic; an ear for dialogue, and skill in pacing his prose." --From The New York Times obituary, April 4, 1991.

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Named as a Companion of Honor by Queen Elizabeth II (1966)

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Awarded Order of Merit from British government in 1986

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