Oliver Hailey

Playwright, Screenwriter, Journalist
TV and stage writer who enjoyed moderate success in both fields. Hailey began as a reporter for THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS in 1957. His first play, "Hey You, Light Man!", was produced off-Broadway in 1963. Hailey had the ... Read more »
Born: 07/06/1932 in Pampa, Texas, USA

Filmography

Writer (7)

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Writer

The Cosby Show 1987 (Tv Show)

Writer

Just You and Me, Kid 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Who's Happy Now? 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Adam: His Song Continues (TV Show)

Screenplay

Isabel's Choice (TV Show)

Screenplay

Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (1)

Rich and Famous 1981 (Movie)

Literary Party Guest (Actor)

Biography

TV and stage writer who enjoyed moderate success in both fields. Hailey began as a reporter for THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS in 1957. His first play, "Hey You, Light Man!", was produced off-Broadway in 1963. Hailey had the dubious distinction of having three plays produced on Broadway only for each to close in one night. His TV credits include the soap opera satire "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", Rock Hudson's police commissioner drama "McMillan and Wife", "Love, Sidney" and "The Cosby Show". Hailey's only film credit was for the mild George Burns-Brooke Shields comedy, "Just You and Me, Kid" (1979).

Relationships

Elizabeth Forsythe

Wife
married 1960 survived him

Elizabeth Hailey

Daughter
survived him

Melinda Hailey

Daughter
survived him

Thomas Hailey

Brother
survived him

HallieMae Thomas

Mother
survived him

EDUCATION

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1962

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas 1954

Milestones

1993

Final play, "The World and His Wife"

1982

Wrote the TV-movie "Sidney Shorr" which later was developed into the NBC series "Love, Sidney"

1981

Film acting debut, "Rich and Famous"

1969

First Broadway production "Father's Day"

1963

"Hey You, Light Man!" premiered in NYC

1961

First play, "Hey You, Light Man!", produced

1957

Worked as a reporter at DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Wrote for the TV series, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", "McMillan and Wife", and "The Cosby Show"

Spent three years in the Air Force

Served as story editor on the NBC series "McMillan and Wife"

Wrote for the TV series, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", and "The Cosby Show"

Bonus Trivia

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Hailey had suffered with Parkinson's Disease for about ten years prior to his death.

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