Kurt Vonnegut

One of the most distinctive voices in American letters, Kurt Vonnegut crafted an eclectic library of some of the most savage, bleak and funny critiques of American society in the 20th century. His early adulthood shaped ... Read more »
Born: 11/11/1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

NOW 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

1 Giant Leap 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

Commercial Director (Actor)

Langmuir's World 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Telephone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Gore Vidal's Gore Vidal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Night 1996 (Movie)

Sad Man on Street (Actor)

Future Quest 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales of the Human Dawn 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

JFK -- That Day in November 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Congress 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

Storytellers: The PEN Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Brooklyn Bridge 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

Between Time and Timbuktu 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Civil War (TV Show)

Voice
Writer (14)

Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

(Source Material)

Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

("Breakfast of Champions") (Source Material (from novel))

Breakfast of Champions 1996 (Movie)

inspired by novel("Breakfast of Champions") (Source Material (from novel))

Mother Night 1996 (Movie)

("Mother Night") (Source Material (from novel))

Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

From Story

Slapstick of Another Kind 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Slapstick of Another Kind 1984 (Movie)

("Slapstick") (Source Material (from novel))

Slaughterhouse-Five 1972 (Movie)

("Slaughterhouse-Five") (Source Material (from novel))

Between Time and Timbuktu 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Happy Birthday, Wanda June 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Happy Birthday, Wanda June 1970 (Movie)

("Happy Birthday Wanda June") (Play as Source Material)

Displaced Person (TV Show)

From Story

Who Am I This Time? (TV Show)

From Story
Music (1)

Slapstick of Another Kind 1984 (Movie)

lyrics("Lonesome No More") (Theme Lyrics)

Biography

One of the most distinctive voices in American letters, Kurt Vonnegut crafted an eclectic library of some of the most savage, bleak and funny critiques of American society in the 20th century. His early adulthood shaped by a series of traumas, from the suicide of his mother through his trials as a prisoner of war after being captured by Germans during their Ardennes offensive late that year, Vonnegut survived to publish his first novel, <I>Player Piano</I>, in 1952, and in his ensuing short stories and books would reflect his unique means of coping with horror: darkly comic and hyperbolic satire of the atomic age and human self-importance in general. But the author would struggle personally, pigeonholed as a science-fiction specialist and wracked by self-doubt and depression, until a stint teaching at the University of Iowa where he began exploring more personal strains of prose. It would result in <I>Slaughterhouse-Five</I> (1969), a novel integrating stark accounts of his own trials as a POW surviving the firebombing of Dresden with a sci-fi-ish non-linear narrative, crystallizing his overriding image of man as a barely evolved primate incapable of ascertaining any real context to his existence. Establishing himself as the most relentlessly iconoclastic voice of his literary generation, Vonnegut would be the subject of book-bannings by the conservatives he often lampooned and became an unflinching defender of progressive causes, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union, the honorary president of the American Humanist Association and a venomous critic of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Iraq. Vonnegut's works would go on to inspire countless pop cultural paeans and several movie adaptations, as he himself became one of the most revered men in literature, mentioned in the same breath as his hero Mark Twain and similarly leavening his dour, fatalist perspective of his species with his unstaunched flare for comedy. He died in 2007.

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