Ronald Harwood

Screenwriter, Playwright, Actor
A distinguished writer of plays, novels, short stories, non-fiction, and screenplays, Ronald Harwood earned a reputation for intelligent literary adaptations that often drew from his own works. Though he had a long and ... Read more »
Born: 11/09/1934 in South Africa

Filmography

Writer (27)

The Dresser 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Quartet 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Quartet 2012 (Movie)

(from play: "Quartet") (Source Material)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love in the Time of Cholera 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Oliver Twist 2005 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Being Julia 2004 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Taking Sides 2003 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Taking Sides 2003 (Movie)

(from play) (Source Material)

The Statement 2003 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Pianist 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Browning Version 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Fine Romance 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mandela 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Summit: A Nuclear Age Drama 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

The Doctor and the Devils 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dresser 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dresser 1982 (Movie)

("The Dresser") (Play as Source Material)

Operation Daybreak 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cromwell 1970 (Movie)

screenplay consultant (Other Writer)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eyewitness 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arrivederci, Baby! 1966 (Movie)

(From Story)

A High Wind in Jamaica 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Evita Peron (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (1)

The First Film 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)
Producer (1)

The Dresser 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A distinguished writer of plays, novels, short stories, non-fiction, and screenplays, Ronald Harwood earned a reputation for intelligent literary adaptations that often drew from his own works. Though he had a long and fruitful career, Harwood came to prominence late in life by winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Roman Polanski's extraordinary film, "The Pianist" (2002), which depicted Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's survival in Nazi occupied Warsaw. Previously he earned Academy attention with the adaptation of his own play, "The Dresser" (1983), which drew upon his own experiences as a personal assistant to aging actor Sir Donald Wolfit in the 1950s. Harwood later brought recognition to the struggle of apartheid with his biopic on "Mandela" (HBO, 1987) and later with his adaptation of "Cry, the Beloved Country" (1995). After "The Pianist," he delivered notable adaptations of W. Somerset Maugham's "Being Julia" (2003) and Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" (2005), before writing an extraordinary adaptation of debilitated editor Jean Dominique-Bauby's memoir, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007). While most writers saw their best work earlier in life, Harwood improved exponentially with age on his way to becoming one of the literary world's most celebrated and prolific scribes.

Relationships

Alexandra Harwood

Daughter
Studied at UCLA

Deborah Harwood

Daughter

Anthony Harwood

Son

Isaac Horwitz

Father

Isobel Horwitz

Mother

Natasha Riehle

Wife
Married 1959

Antony Sher Actor

Cousin
Born June 14, 1949; son of Isobel Horwitz's sister Marjorie

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1952

Milestones

2012

Adapted his own play for screenplay of Dustin Hoffman's feature directorial debut "Quartet"

2008

Co-wrote screenplay of Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia"

2007

Wrote screenplay adaption for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," based on the French memoir Le scaphandre et le papillon by Jean-Dominique Bauby; earned Golden Globe, Oscar and Independent Spirit Award Nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay

2007

Wrote feature adaptation of "Love in the Time of Cholera," directed by Mike Newell

2005

Penned Roman Polanski directed version of "Oliver Twist," starring Ben Kingsley

2004

Penned screenplay for "Being Julia," starring Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons

2002

With director Roman Polanski, co-wrote screenplay for "The Pianist"; received BAFTA and Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay (Adapted)

2001

Premiered new play "Mahler's Conversion," about the composer's religious conversion from Judaism to Catholicism; Antony Sher starred as Mahler

2001

Wrote screenplay adaptation of play "Taking Sides"; screened at Toronto Film Festival

1996

Play "Taking Sides" produced on Broadway

1995

Penned adaptation of "Cry, the Beloved Country"

1987

Wrote HBO original movie "Mandela"

1986

Was visitor in theatre, Balliol College, Oxford University

1984

Wrote British series "All the World's a Stage"

1983

Adapted "The Dresser" for features; earned Oscar nomination for screenplay; also produced

1981

Broadway debut as author, "The Dresser"

1981

Wrote NBC movie "Evita Peron," starring Faye Dunaway

1980

"The Dresser" premiered in London

1978

Hosted TV series "Read All About It" (BBC)

1975

Served as artistic director of Cheltenham Festival of Literature

1973

Member of literature panel, Arts Council of Great Britain

1973

Hosted radio series "Kaleidoscope"

1970

Wrote screenplay for "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"

1968

Wrote first produced play "Country Matters"

1963

Wrote first produced screenplay "The Barber of Stamford Hill"

1961

Published first novel All the Same Shadows

1960

Co-wrote "The Barber of Stamford Hill" for TV

1955

As actor, appeared in "The Strong Are Lonely"

1953

Joined Donald Wolfit's Shakespeare Company as Sir Donald's personal dresser

Bonus Trivia

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Harwood was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1998.

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In 2003, he was elected a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the Department of Language and Literature.

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