Stirling Silliphant

Screenwriter, Producer, Advertising executive
This veteran screenwriter and producer has been responsible for some of the most enjoyable films and TV shows of the past four decades--as well as one or two of the most enjoyably awful. The Second World War interrupted ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1918 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Writer (42)

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Village of the Damned 1995 (Movie)

from screenplay (From Story)

A Stranger in the Mirror 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Route 66 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Creator

Over the Top 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Feel the Heat 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Travis McGee 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Golden Gate 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Hardcase 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer

When Time Ran Out 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Silent Flute 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Silent Flute 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

Telefon 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Enforcer 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Killer Elite 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shaft in Africa 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Towering Inferno 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Movin' On 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Writer

The Poseidon Adventure 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Murphy's War 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The New Centurions 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Walk in the Spring Rain 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Liberation of L.B. Jones 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Charly 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In the Heat of the Night 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Writer

Route 66 1960 - 1964 (TV Show)

Writer

The Slender Thread 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

Village of the Damned 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Damn Citizen! 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Damn Citizen! 1958 (Movie)

(From Story)

Maracaibo 1958 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

The Lineup 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nightfall 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Five Against the House 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Death Scream (TV Show)

Screenplay

Marlowe (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Perry Mason (TV Show)

Writer

Wings of Fire (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (20)

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Harry's Hong Kong 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Producer

Feel the Heat 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fly Away Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Producer

Pearl 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Calling Dr. Storm 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Longstreet 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shaft's Big Score 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Walk in the Spring Rain 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Five Against the House 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Joe Louis Story 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brotherhood of the Rose (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Day of Reckoning (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Longstreet (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Producer

Salem's Lot (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The New Healers (TV Show)

Producer

The Three Kings (TV Show)

Producer

Welcome to Paradise (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Production Management (1)

The Deep Blue Goodbye 2015 (Movie)

(Teleplay By)

Biography

This veteran screenwriter and producer has been responsible for some of the most enjoyable films and TV shows of the past four decades--as well as one or two of the most enjoyably awful. The Second World War interrupted Silliphant's career as a Disney publicist. After the war, Silliphant returned to work in the publicity department of 20th Century Fox, but turned to writing and producing in the early 1950s. He started in TV by writing for such series as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Perry Mason" and "Alcoa/Goodyear Theater" before creating (and writing) the highly-regarded noir detective series "Naked City" (ABC, 1958-59).

Relationships

Leigh Silliphant

Father

Tiana Alexandra Actor

Wife
Married July 4, 1974 until his death April 1996

Iris Garff

Wife

Ethel Silliphant

Mother
survived him

Stirling Silliphant

Son
mother Tiana DuLong survived him

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1938

Milestones

1996

Returned to screen after nine-year absence to write and produce feature "The Grass Harp"

1996

Final feature credit, contributed to the screenplay of the remake of "Forbidden Planet"

1987

Wrote script for Sylvester Stallone starrer "Over the Top"

1958

Created first TV series, "Naked City" (also wrote)

1954

Moved to Cuba for a year to write his first novel, "Maracaibo" (date approximate)

1953

First film as screenwriter and producer, "The Joe Louis Story"

1950

Became manager of East Coast publicity, 20th Century-Fox (date approximate)

1941

Served in US Navy

1940

Began film career as publicist for Walt Disney Studios (date approximate)

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