James Clavell

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Best-selling author of epic, historical novels ("Tai Pan", "Shogun" "Noble House"), who has worked as a screenwriter and director in the US since 1953, though his best film as a director is the British-produced, "To ... Read more »
Born: 10/10/1924 in Australia

Filmography

Writer (9)

The Last Valley 1970 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Last Valley 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

To Sir With Love 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

King Rat 1965 (Movie)

("King Rat") (Source Material (from novel))

The Satan Bug 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

633 Squadron 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Escape 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Five Gates to Hell 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fly 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (5)

The Last Valley 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

To Sir With Love 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Five Gates to Hell 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

James Clavell's Noble House (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shogun (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (5)

The Last Valley 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

To Sir With Love 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Detectives 1958 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

The Rifleman 1958 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

Five Gates to Hell 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Best-selling author of epic, historical novels ("Tai Pan", "Shogun" "Noble House"), who has worked as a screenwriter and director in the US since 1953, though his best film as a director is the British-produced, "To Sir, With Love" (1967). Clavell's novel "King Rat", based on his experiences in a WWII Japanese prison camp, was effectively brought to the screen in 1965 by another versatile talent, Bryan Forbes and most of his other novels have been filmed or made into TV mini-series.

Relationships

Eileen Clavell

Mother

Holly Clavell

Daughter

Michaela Clavell

Daughter

R Clavell

Father
recieved OBE

April Stride

Wife
married April, 1949

EDUCATION

Birmingham University

1946 - 1947

University of Maryland

College Park , Maryland 1980

Milestones

1990

Executive producer of the Broadway musical, "Shogun" (adapted from his novel)

1962

Wrote first novel, "King Rat"

1959

Film directing and producing debut, "Five Gates to Hell" (also writer)

1958

Wrote first screenplays, "The Fly" and "Watusi"

1953

Worked as salesman before a TV pilot deal brought him to US

Pursued Naval career, like his father and grandfather, but motorcycle accident left him with a limp that ended that career

Moved to Hollywood and worked carpenter by day and wrote scripts by night (including "Far Alert" which was sold but never filmed)

Captain with British Royal Artillery, spent half of WWII in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp

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