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


Writer (34)

Brighton Rock 2011 (Movie)

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

The Fallen Idol 2006 (Movie)


The Fallen Idol 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

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 1967 (Movie)

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

Our Man in Havana 1959 (Movie)


Our Man in Havana 1959 (Movie)

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

Across the Bridge 1957 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Saint Joan 1957 (Movie)


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 1951 (Movie)

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

The Third Man 1950 (Movie)


The Third Man 1950 (Movie)

("The Third Man") (From Story)

This Gun For Hire 1941 (Movie)

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

21 Days (TV Show)


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)


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.


Anita Bjork

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

Yvonne Cloetta

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

Vivien Dayrell-Browning

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

headmaster of Berkhamsted School which son attended married his cousin

Marion Greene

cousin to husband distantly related to Robert Louis Stevenson

Lucy Greene

born in December 1933 mother, Vivien Dayrell-Browning

Francis Greene

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

Hugh Greene

served as Director General of the BBC

Raymond Greene



Balliol College, Oxford University

served as editor of The Oxford Outlook

Berkhamsted School

Berkhamsted , Hertfordshire



Final film script, "The Comedians"


Reunited with Carol Reed for "Our Man in Havana"


Penned screenplay for Otto Preminger's "Saint Joan"


Worked as correspondent in Vietnam for The New Republic


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


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


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


Assigned to work in Sierra Leone (December)


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


Worked as copy editor at the London Times


Converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism (February)


Worked at the Nottingham Journal

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

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

Worked for the British Ministry of Information during WWII

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

Bonus Trivia


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


Awarded Order of Merit from British government in 1986