Stewart Stern

Screenwriter, Actor
This screenwriter does not have many credits on his resume, but Stewart Stern makes up for quantity with quality. His work shows a particular gift for intimate character studies of alienated people whose quiet suffering ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1922 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (15)

The Last Movie 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Last Movie 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rachel, Rachel 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ugly American 1963 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Ugly American 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Outsider 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

Thunder in the Sun 1958 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The James Dean Story 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rack 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rebel Without a Cause 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Christmas to Remember (TV Show)

Screenplay

Sybil (TV Show)

Screenplay

Teresa (TV Show)

Screenwriter
Actor (5)

Paul Newman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fright Night 1985 (Movie)

Cook (Actor)

Stelle Emigranti 1982 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

This screenwriter does not have many credits on his resume, but Stewart Stern makes up for quantity with quality. His work shows a particular gift for intimate character studies of alienated people whose quiet suffering suddenly erupts. The native New Yorker worked as a stage actor before serving in the infantry in WWII. Upon return to civilian life, Stern switched his concentration to writing. His first film credit was as dialogue director on Anthony Mann's fine, low-budget film noir "Railroaded" (1947). Soon thereafter, Stern began writing for CBS's "Playhouse 90" before earning his first screenwriting credit on Fred Zinnemann's worthy 1951 drama "Teresa" (adapted from his story and co-written with Alfred Hayes).

Relationships

Frances Kay

Mother
studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and, through the connection with her brother-in-law Adolph Zukor, played supporting roles in a number of silent films and Broadway musicals Kay's career ended because her mother thought acting a sinful public exhibition

Adolph Zukor

Uncle
was married to Stern's mother's elder sister

EDUCATION

University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa
originally enrolled in the art school

attended one of New York City's Ethical Culture Schools, experimental grade schools aimed at fostering creative individuality

Milestones

1976

Wrote TV miniseries "Sybil" (NBC)

1973

Last feature film credit to date, "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams"

1968

Worked on "Rachel, Rachel," the first of four projects with Joanne Woodward

1951

First screenwriting credit, "Teresa"

1947

First film credit, dialogue director on "Railroaded"

Wrote for "Playhouse 90" (CBS) in the 1950s

Left college in Iowa and returned to NYC upon the sudden death of his favorite teacher in art school, Emil Ganso

Returned to the University of Iowa after he won an acting contest and received a theater scholarship for a summer in East Hampton, NY; changed his major to theater arts upon return to college

Bonus Trivia

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Stern served in the infantry in WWII

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