Paddy Chayefsky

Screenwriter, Playwright, Novelist
Arguably the most influential writer to emerge from the Golden Age of television, screenwriter and playwright Paddy Chayefsky demonstrated an informed respect for common people and their everyday problems in a social ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1923 in Bronx, New York, USA


Writer (20)

The Mother 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Altered States 1980 (Movie)

(credited as Sidney Aaron) (Screenplay)

Altered States 1980 (Movie)

("Altered States") (Source Material (from novel))

Network 1976 (Movie)


Gideon 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

The Hospital 1971 (Movie)


The Hospital 1971 (Movie)

(From Story)

Paint Your Wagon 1969 (Movie)


Paint Your Wagon 1969 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)


Middle of the Night 1959 (Movie)


Middle of the Night 1959 (Movie)

("Middle of the Night") (Play as Source Material)

The Goddess 1958 (Movie)


The Goddess 1958 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Bachelor Party 1957 (Movie)


The Bachelor Party 1957 (Movie)

from teleplay (Play as Source Material)

The Catered Affair 1956 (Movie)

from teleplay (Play as Source Material)

Marty 1955 (Movie)


Marty 1955 (Movie)

from teleplay("Marty") (Play as Source Material)

Marty 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

Producer (2)

Network 1976 (Movie)


The Bachelor Party 1957 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (1)

A Double Life (Movie)

Photographer [uncredited] (Actor)


Arguably the most influential writer to emerge from the Golden Age of television, screenwriter and playwright Paddy Chayefsky demonstrated an informed respect for common people and their everyday problems in a social realism that proved ideal for the new medium. But ultimately it was his scathing satirical bite demonstrated in "The Hospital" (1971) and "Network" (1976) that he was best remembered, for which he harnessed his righteous anger in skewing medicine and network television. Before those two Oscar-winning films, however, Chayefsky made his name in writing the famed kitchen sink television play, "Marty" (1953), which he adapted into an acclaimed award-winning film starring Ernest Borgnine two years later. After "The Bachelor Party" (1957) and "The Goddess" (1958), he wrote the semi-satirical black comedy "The Americanization of Emily" (1964) and the musical comedy-Western "Paint Your Wagon" (1969). Chayefsky turned his deep-rooted ire toward societal ills that were becoming more apparent during the counterculture, leading to writing "The Hospital" and "Network." Whether writing the social realism of "Marty" or the scathing satires of the 1970s, Chayefsky was that rare writer able to possess tremendous name recognition and artistic control in a medium dominated by directors.


Gussie Chayefsky


Daniel Chayefsky


Harry Chayefsky


Susan Sackler

married from February 24, 1949 until his death died on July 1, 2000


De Witt Clinton High School

Bronx , New York 1939

City College of New York

New York , New York 1943



PBS' "Great Performances" aired remake of his "The Mother", originally broadcast on "Goodyear TV Playhouse" (NBC); used orginial script


Asked that his name be removed from credits of final feature film, "Altered States"; script credited to Sidney Aaron


Receieved third Oscar for the scathingly satirical "Network"


Won second Academy Award (for Best Original Screenplay) for Hiller's "The Hospital"


Adapted the libretto for the ill-fated screen version of "Paint Your Wagon"


Wrote screenplay for Arthur Hiller's "The Americanization of Emily"


"Gideon" opened on Broadway; George Schaefer would direct a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" (NBC) version in 1971


"The Tenth Man" opened on Broadway


Third film with Mann, "Middle of the Night", featuring Kim Novak and Fredric March


Scripted "The Goddess", starring Kim Stanley


Reteamed with Mann for feature film version of "The Bachelor Party", receiving credit as associate producer


First Broadway play, "Middle of the Night" (adapted from TV script), a romantic drama starring Edward G. Robinson (returning to the stage after a 25-year absence) and Gena Rowlands


First film as screenwriter and associate producer, "Marty" (adapted from own TV script), directed by Delbert Mann (who had also helmed teleplay); earned first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay


Became famous overnight after "Marty" aired on "Goodyear TV Playhouse"; subsequently penned such acclaimed 'Golden Age' teleplays as "The Bachelor Party", "Sixth Year" "The Catered Affair" and "Middle of the Night"


Began writing for TV, contributing to "Suspense" (CBS), "Manhunt" (NBC) and "Philco Television Playhouse" (NBC)


First story credit for "As Young as You Feel"


Played bit part in "A Double Life"


Uncredited feature film debut as co-commentary writer for the award-winning documentary "The True Glory"

Wrote short stories, documentary films and radio scripts for "Theatre Guild of the Air"

Served in US Army Infantry; awarded the Purple Heart

Attempted to break into show business as a stand-up comic

Wrote first play, the musical "No T.O. for Love", while convalescing in England from injuries incurred from German land mine in WWII; show was performed for GIs throughout Europe and in London's West End

Bonus Trivia


Inducted into the Television Hall Academy Hall of Fame (1984)


The nickname 'Paddy' supposedly came from his attempts, while in the army, to avoid Sunday morning K.P. on the pretext of attending Mass.