Waldo Salt

Screenwriter, Dialogue director, Actor
Although his name recognition was not as great as the Hollywood Ten's Dalton Trumbo and Ring Lardner Jr. , Waldo Salt took the same unpopular stand of conscience as they, refusing to testify before the House Un-American ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1914 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (13)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Serpico 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Day of the Locust 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Midnight Cowboy 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Flight From Ashiya 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taras Bulba 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Flame and the Arrow 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Flame and the Arrow 1950 (Movie)

(From Story)

Mr. Winkle Goes to War (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Rachel and the Stranger (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Shopworn Angel (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Tonight We Raid Calais (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (2)

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Male Derelict (Actor)

Biography

Although his name recognition was not as great as the Hollywood Ten's Dalton Trumbo and Ring Lardner Jr. , Waldo Salt took the same unpopular stand of conscience as they, refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The former drama teacher had received his first credit as a screenwriter for "The Shopworn Girl" (1938), reportedly worked uncredited on "The Philadelphia Story" (1940) and adapted "The Wild Man of Borneo" (1941) from a play by Marc Connelly and Herman Mankiewicz, among his projects, before World War II interrupted his career. Returning from overseas, he scripted "Rachel and the Stranger" (1948) and "The Flame and the Arrow" (1950), but the Hollywood blacklist would lock him out, stealing a decade from his working life. His next credit as Waldo Salt came for "Taras Bulba" (1962), adapted with Karl Tunberg from the Nikolai Gogol novel.

Relationships

Deborah Salt

Daughter

Ambur Dana

Wife
married in 1939 divorced

Mary Davenport

Wife
married in 1942 divorced

Eve Merriam

Wife
married from October 22, 1983 until his death died of cancer on April 11, 1992 at age 75 Salt was her fourth husband

William Salt

Father

Winifred Salt

Mother
alcoholic

Jennifer Salt

Daughter
born on September 4, 1944 acted in "Midnight Cowboy" (1968), scripted by father

Gladys Schwartz

Wife
married in 1969 divorced

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Stanford , California 1929 - 1934
admitted at age 14(AB)

Milestones

1990

Subject of Oscar-nominated documentary, "Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey"; aired on PBS in 1991

1983

Played cameo role as a male derelict in John Landis' "Into the Night"

1978

Received second Oscar for co-writing (with Robert C Jones and Nancy Dowd) the anti-war romantic drama "Coming Home"

1975

Reteamed with Schlesinger, adapting Nathanael West's novel "The Day of the Locust"

1973

Shared Oscar nomination with Norman Wexler for the screenplay for "Serpico", based on Peter Maas' book

1970

Adapted Jimmy Breslin's best-selling novel "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" for the screen

1968

Won Oscar for his "Midnight Cowboy" screenplay, based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy; first collaboration with director John Schlesinger

1964

Collaborated on two screenplays for director Michael Anderson, "Flight from Ashiya" and "Wild and Wonderful"

1962

First screenwriting credit post-blacklist, "Taras Bulba", co-adapted with Karl Tunberg from the Nikolai Gogol novel

1951

Provided additional dialogue for "M"

1950

Served as dialogue director in addition to scripting "The Flame and the Arrow"

1940

Adapted "The Wild Man of Borneo" from play by Marc Connelly and Herman Mankiewicz

1940

Reportedly did uncredited work on the script of "The Philadelphia Story"

1938

Received first screenwriting credit for "The Shopworn Girl" adapted from Dana Burnet's story "Private Pettigrew's Girl"

1934

Served as director of drama and music at Menlo School and Junior College in Menlo Park, California

Blacklisted in Hollywood for refusing to testify in Washington before the House Un-American Activities Committee

Worked as consultant for US Army films

Was consultant for the Office of War Information, Overseas Film Bureau

Bonus Trivia

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The Sundance Film Festival annual screenwriting award is named in his honor.

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