Horton Foote

Playwright, Screenwriter, Novelist
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and two-time Oscar-winner Horton Foote was originally an actor who began writing plays as a member of the American Actors Theatre in order to assure himself good parts. However, when ... Read more »
Born: 03/14/1916 in Wharton, Texas, USA

Filmography

Writer (30)

The Trip to Bountiful 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Main Street 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Horton Foote's Alone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Screenplay

William Faulkner's Old Man 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Lily Dale 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Lily Dale 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Of Mice and Men 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Convicts 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Convicts 1991 (Movie)

("Convicts" in 9 play series "The Orphan's Home") (Play as Source Material)

On Valentine's Day 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

On Valentine's Day 1986 (Movie)

("Valentine's Day") (Play as Source Material)

1918 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

1918 1985 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Courtship 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Courtship 1985 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Trip to Bountiful 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Trip to Bountiful 1985 (Movie)

("The Trip to Bountiful") (Play as Source Material)

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tomorrow 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hurry Sundown 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

from story and play("The Chase") (From Story)

Baby, the Rain Must Fall 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Baby, the Rain Must Fall 1965 (Movie)

("The Traveling Lady") (From Story)

To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Writer

Storm Fear 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bessie (TV Show)

Story By

Keeping On (TV Show)

Writer

Story of a Marriage (TV Show)

Writer

The Habitation of Dragons (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (3)

Convicts 1991 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Trip to Bountiful 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (2)

Lily Dale 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The Civil War (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and two-time Oscar-winner Horton Foote was originally an actor who began writing plays as a member of the American Actors Theatre in order to assure himself good parts. However, when critics praised his playwriting over his acting, he eventually took the hint and devoted himself to writing that has earned acclaim for its poignant evocations of rural America. Much of Foote's work has centered around Wharton, TX, the town of his birth, from his first produced play "Wharton Dance" (1940) to the nine-play series about four generations of his Texas forebearers, "The Orphans' Home", which yielded the films "1918" (1985), "On Valentine's Day" (1986) and "Convicts" (1991), among others. In addition to adapting his own work for the screen, he has also penned screen adaptations of Harper Lee ("To Kill a Mockingbird" 1962), William Faulkner ("Tomorrow" 1972) and John Steinbeck ("Of Mice and Men" 1992).

Relationships

Lillian Foote

Wife
Married from June 4, 1945 until her death in 1992 at age 69

Albert Foote

Father

Hallie Foote

Mother

Barbara Foote

Daughter

Daisy Foote

Daughter

Albert Foote

Son

Walter Foote

Son

Tim Guinee

Son-In-Law
Married to Daisy Foote

Peter Masterson

Cousin
Directed the film version of "The Trip to Bountiful" (1985) father of actress Mary Stuart Masterson

EDUCATION

Tamara Daykarhanova School of Theatre

New York , New York 1937 - 1939

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California 1933 - 1935

Milestones

2009

Earned a posthumous Tony Award nomination for his play, "Dividing the Estate"

1997

Scripted the original teleplay "Horton Foote's Alone" (Showtime)

1997

Earned Emmy for his adaptation of "William Faulkner's Old Man"

1996

TV adaptation of his play "Lily Dale" directed by Masterston for Showtime

1995

Earned Pulitzer Prize in Drama for "The Young Man from Atlanta"

1994

Honored by the Signature Theater Company in NYC with a season devoted to his work

1990

Provided the voice of Jefferson Davis in Ken Burns' critically-acclaimed documentary, "The Civil War"

1985

Made debut as a producer with "The Trip to Bountiful"; directed by Foote's cousin Peter Masterson

1983

Debut as an associate producer (with Robert Duvall) with "Tender Mercies"

1966

His play "The Chase" was adapted by Lillian Hellman for the screen; starred Robert Redford, Jane Fonda and Robert Duvall

1965

Adapted his play "The Traveling Lady" (1954 NYC debut) as the film "Baby, the Rain Must Fall"

1962

NYC theatrical debut of "The Trip to Bountiful"; again starring Lillian Gish

1962

Wrote the screenplay adaptation for Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird"; first collaboration with actor Robert Duvall

1960

Wrote the adaptation of William Faulkner's "Tomorrow"; preceded the feature version by 12 years

1955

First produced screenplay, "Storm Fear"

1953

His "The Trip to Bountiful" was aired on NBC's "Philco Television Playhouse"; starred Lillian Gish

1947

First televised play, "Only the Heart" (NBC)

1941

First full-length play, "Texas Town"; also acted

1940

First one-act play, "Wharton Dance" was produced at the American Actors Theatre; also played the lead role

1938

Co-founded the American Actors Theatre

1936

At age 20, moved to New York City

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1998.

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In addition to winning an Emmy, Foote's 1997 adaptation of Faulkner's "The Old Man" won a Humanitas Award.

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He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Received the National Medal of Arts from US President Bill Clinton (2000).

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