Tom Stoppard

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director
Celebrated for his verbal acrobatics and madcap intellectual conceits, playwright Tom Stoppard was also one of the more prolific script doctors in Hollywood for decades. After bursting onto the London theatre scene in ... Read more »
Born: 07/03/1937

Filmography

Writer (22)

Tulip Fever 2015 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Squaring the Circle 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anna Karenina 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Enigma 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vatel 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shakespeare in Love 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Three Men in a Boat 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Billy Bathgate 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 1991 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Russia House 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vaclav Havel's Largo Desolato 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

Empire of the Sun 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

On the Razzle 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer

Brazil 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Human Factor 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Professional Foul 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Despair 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Romantic Englishwoman 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Engagement 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Poodle Springs (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (4)

Wilde Salome 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Parade's End 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Celebrated for his verbal acrobatics and madcap intellectual conceits, playwright Tom Stoppard was also one of the more prolific script doctors in Hollywood for decades. After bursting onto the London theatre scene in the late 1960s with his absurdist masterpiece "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead," Stoppard established himself as a linguistic gymnast with farces like "Travesties" (1974) prior to addressing more serious concerns in such plays as "Night and Day' (1978). The playwright soon made a name for himself adapting literary works to film with projects like novelist Graham Greene's "The Human Factor" (1979). Eventually moving on to original script work, Stoppard collaborated on Terry Gilliam's cult classic "Brazil" (1985) and even provided uncredited work on director Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989). He received high marks with his directorial debut for the film version of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" (1990) and 25 years after his first stage hit, proved he was still a vibrant voice in the theater with the intellectual drama "Arcadia" (1993). Director John Madden's "Shakespeare in Love" (1998) earned him both mainstream success and an Academy Award. The recently knighted Sir Stoppard later penned a screen version of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" (2012) for an ambitious undertaking starring Keira Knightly in the title role. Defying easy categorization, Stoppard constantly pushed himself as an artist even as he enjoyed the fruits of his more commercial labors.

Relationships

Marie Helvin

Companion
Reportedly dated early 2001 No longer together

Jose Ingle

Wife
Married 1962 Divorced 1972

Felicity Kendal Actor

Companion
Kendal appeared in Stoppard's plays "Arcadia" (1993) and "Indian Ink" (1995) No longer together

Padma Lakshmi Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

Barny Stoppard Rotoscope Animator

Son

Ed Stoppard Actor

Son
Born Sept. 16, 1974; mother, Miriam Stoppard

Kenneth Stoppard

Step-Father
Former major Met Martha Straussler when she was working in India Died 1997

Miriam Stoppard

Wife
Moved in together 1970 Married 1972 Divorced 1992

Oliver Stoppard

Son
Mother, Jose Ingle

William Stoppard

Son
Mother, Miriam Stoppard Managed disc jockeys and music groups in England

Peter Stoppard

Brother
Older

Richard Stoppard

Half-Brother
Born 1949

Fiona Stoppard

Half-Sister
Born 1955

Eugene Straussler

Father
Jewish Worked as a doctor for a shoe company Died in enemy hands during WWII

Martha Straussler

Mother
Born 1911 After husband died during WWII, married British army officer Kenneth Stoppard November 1945 in India Died October 1996

EDUCATION

Attended English-speaking schools in India

Dolphin School

Nottinghamshire

Pocklington School

Milestones

2012

Returned to feature writing with adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley

2007

Saw NYC opening of "Rock 'n' Roll"; earned Tony nomination for Best Play

2007

Reportedly did uncredited rewrite on "The Bourne Ultimatum," a film based on Robert Ludlum's best-selling novel

2006

Premiered play "Rock 'n' Roll" at the Royal Court Theatre

2006

Opened trilogy "The Coast of Utopia" on Broadway

2002

Penned the trilogy "The Coast of Utopia," which focused on the philosophical debates in pre-revolutionary Russia between 1833 and 1866; plays entitled Voyage, Shipwreck, and Salvage, and totaled nine hours in length

2001

Penned the WWII-era spy drama "Enigma"; screened at Sundance

2001

"The Invention of Love" opened on Broadway; earned a Tony nomination

2000

Contributed English translation of the script for the period drama "Vatel"; screened at Cannes

1999

Reportedly did uncredited rewrite on Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"

1998

Adapted Robert Parker's "Poodle Springs" as an HBO movie directed by Bob Rafelson

1998

Co-wrote award-winning screenplay "Shakespeare in Love"

1997

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

1997

Wrote stage play "The Invention of Love" based on the life of English poet and classical scholar A. E. Housman

1995

NYC production of "Arcadia"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play

1993

First production of "Arcadia" in London

1991

Scripted Robert Benton's "Billy Bathgate"; adapted from the E.L. Doctorow novel

1990

Adapted John Le Carre's novel "The Russia House" for the screen

1990

Using the language of his birth, translated Vaclav Havel's "Largo Desolato"

1990

Feature directorial debut, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"

1987

Adapted J.G. Ballard's novel "Empire of the Sun" for the screen; directed by Steven Spielberg

1985

Received Oscar nomination for his contributions to the screenplay of "Brazil," co-written with Terry Gilliam and Charles McKeown

1984

Picked up third Best Play Tony for "The Real Thing"

1979

Adapted Graham Greene's novel "The Human Factor" for the screen; last film directed by Otto Preminger

1978

Adapted the screenplay for "Despair" from the work by Vladimir Nabokov

1975

First feature screenplay, Joseph Losey's "The Romantic Englishwoman"; co-wrote with Thomas Wiseman from Wiseman's novel

1974

Had successful productions of "Travesties" in London and NYC; earned second Tony Award for Best Play

1973

Debuted as stage director with British production of "Born Yesterday"

1969

Wrote screenplay for 44-minute film "The Engagement"

1968

First London production of "The Real Inspector Hound"; performed as part of a 1972 double-bill with his "After Magritte" in NYC

1967

Breakthrough stage work, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"; produced in both London and NYC; earned first Tony Award for Best Play

1965

First produced stage play, "The Gamblers" at Bristol's Old Vic Theatre

1964

Wrote first radio play, "The Dissolution of Dominic Boot"

1963

First play performed on British TV, "A Walk on Water"

1962

Briefly associated with Scene, a satirical magazine conceived by Peter Cook

1954

Worked as journalist for Western Daily Press in Bristol, England

1944

After mother's remarriage, family settled in Bristol, England

1941

Moved with mother and brother to India

1939

Fled Czechoslovakia with mother to live in Singapore because of Jewish heritage

Wrote for the Bristol Evening World

Was a freelance reporter

Bonus Trivia

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Stoppard received a 1964 Ford Foundation Grant.

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He was awarded the Prix Italia in 1968.

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Stoppard was named Commander of the British Empire in 1978.

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Stoppard received honorary degrees from Bristol in 1976, Brumel in 1979, and Leeds and Sussex, both in 1980.

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He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2000.

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