Harold Pinter

Playwright, Screenwriter, Novelist
The preeminent playwright of his generation, Harold Pinter honed his literary skills during his twenties, traveling the lonely countrysides of Britain and Ireland as the actor David Baron in different repertory theater ... Read more »
Born: 10/10/1930 in Hackney, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (27)

Sleuth 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Langrishe, Go Down 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lolita 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Old Times 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Trial 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Reunion 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Comfort of Strangers 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Handmaid's Tale 1990 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Turtle Diary 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Betrayal 1983 (Movie)

("Betrayal") (Play as Source Material)

Betrayal 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The French Lieutenant's Woman 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Homecoming 1972 (Movie)

("The Homecoming") (Play as Source Material)

The Homecoming 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Go-Between 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Birthday Party 1968 (Movie)

("The Birthday Party") (Play as Source Material)

The Birthday Party 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Accident 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Quiller Memorandum 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Caretaker 1964 (Movie)

("The Caretaker") (Play as Source Material)

The Caretaker 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pumpkin Eater 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Servant 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dumb Waiter (TV Show)

Writer

The Heat of the Day (TV Show)

Writer

The Room (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (14)

Sleuth 2007 (Movie)

Man on T.V. (Actor)

Langrishe, Go Down 2002 (Movie)

Barry Shannon (Actor)

Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lincoln Center Festival 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

Uncle Benny (Actor)

Mansfield Park 1999 (Movie)

Sir Thomas Bertram (Actor)

Mojo 1998 (Movie)

Sam Ross (Actor)

Turtle Diary 1986 (Movie)

Man in Bookshop (Actor)

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 (Movie)

Steven Hench (Actor)

Accident 1967 (Movie)

Bell (Actor)

The Servant 1962 (Movie)

Society Man (Actor)

Breaking the Code (TV Show)

Actor

Catastrophe (TV Show)

Actor

Wit (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Butley 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

The preeminent playwright of his generation, Harold Pinter honed his literary skills during his twenties, traveling the lonely countrysides of Britain and Ireland as the actor David Baron in different repertory theater companies. The ellipses and pauses injected into his subsequent scripts are the direct result of his actor's crucible, having learned in everything from generic detective thrillers to Shakespeare how long a ham can hold a provincial audience's rapt attention with silence. Though certainly influenced by the spare, oblique wry dialogue of spiritual mentor Samuel Beckett and to a lesser degree the French absurdist school (i.e., Eugene Ionesco), Pinter's plays seem much more reality-based, grounded in the daily give-and-take of marriage, male friendship and family politics of English commoners. He became a master of "subtext", of that which is unsaid, the psychological life running just under the normal life, which calls the tune. Some people compare David Mamet to Pinter, and while on the surface their terse styles may warrant this, Mamet is a pale imitation of Pinter.

Relationships

Frances Pinter

Mother

Joan Bakewell

Companion
had romantic relationship from 1962 to 1969 Pinter used their relationship as a partial inspiration for his 1978 play "Betrayal"

Antonia Fraser

Wife
married on November 27, 1980 appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen ELizabeth II in 1999

Vivien Merchant

Wife
divorced died in 1983

Hyman Pinter

Father

Daniel Pinter

Son
born c. 1959 mother, Vivian Merchant

EDUCATION

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England 1951

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1948

Hackney Downs Grammar School

1941 - 1947

Milestones

2007

Penned the screen adaptation of Anthony Shaffer's play, "Sleuth" directed by Kenneth Branagh

2006

Appeared in the critically-acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape"

2002

Staged a series of sketches and playlets performed in London, including the premiere of a new work, "Press Conference"

2001

Played the father of a college professor stricken with terminal cancer in "Wit" (HBO); character seen in flashbacks

2001

Directed London revival of "No Man's Land"

2001

Acted in the film version of John Le Carre's novel "The Tailor of Panama"

2001

Received tribute at NYC's Lincoln Center on occasion of his 70th birthday; nine of his plays were produced as well as screenings of films; acted in "One for the Road"

1999

Cast as the patriarch of the Bertram family in the film adaptation of "Mansfield Park"

1998

Had leading role in the film version of "Mojo", directed by Jez Butterworth

1997

Contributed to screenplay of Adrian Lyne's "Lolita"

1997

Signed deal with Fox Searchlight to adapt Isak Dinesen's short story "The Dreaming Child" for Julia Ormond to produce and possibly to star

1995

Acted the role of Roote, the totalitarian boss, in a revival of his play "The Hothouse", originally written in 1958 but not produced until 1980, a production directed by himself

1993

Scripted "The Trial", film based on Franz Kafka tale

1991

Wrote "The Comfort of Strangers", starring Christopher Walken, Natasha Richardson and Helen Mirren

1990

Adapted Margaret Atwood's novel "The Handmaid's Tale" for the screen

1985

Scripted film "Turtle Diary", with Glenda Jackson and Ben Kingsley

1983

Movie of "Betrayal" starred Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons and Patricia Hodge

1981

Wrote film version of John Fowles' novel "The French Lieutenant's Woman"

1978

"Betrayal" produced on London stage

1976

Adapted F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Last Tycoon" for the screen version directed by Elia Kazan

1975

First production of "No Man's Land", London

1974

First feature film as director, "Butley"

1968

Received Tony Award nomination for direction of "The Man in the Glass Booth" by Robert Shaw

1968

Double-bill of "The Basement" (originally produced for BBC) and "Tea Party" at Eastside Playhouse

1965

"The Homecoming" received first performance in Wales

1963

First screen adaptation, "The Servant"

1960

"The Dumbwaiter" debuted in London on a bill that included "The Room"

1960

"The Caretaker" opened to rave reviews in London

1959

"The Dumbwaiter", in German translation, produced in West Germany

1958

First full-length play, "The Birthday Party," produced in Cambridge, England

1957

Wrote first short play, "The Room"

Toured with British repertory and stock companies under name David Baron

Bonus Trivia

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In late 2001, Pinter, who had been a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and underwent chemotherapy.

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Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998.

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