William Peter Blatty

Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer
Although best known as the author of "The Exorcist", the best-selling 1971 novel about a teenage girl's demonic possession which opened the door for a new generation of horrormeisters like Stephen King and Peter Straub ... Read more »
Born: 01/07/1928 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (17)

William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III 1990 (Movie)

("Legion") (Source Material (from novel))

William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ninth Configuration 1984 (Movie)

("Twinkle Twinkle 'Killer' Kane") (Source Material (from novel))

The Ninth Configuration 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The Exorcist 1973 (Movie)

("The Exorcist") (Source Material (from novel))

The Exorcist 1973 (Movie)

Written for the Screen by (Screenplay)

Darling Lili 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Bank Robbery 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gunn 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Promise Her Anything 1966 (Movie)

(From Story)

Promise Her Anything 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Shot in the Dark 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man From the Diner's Club 1962 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Man From the Diner's Club 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

The Ninth Configuration 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Exorcist 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ninth Configuration 1984 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

The Ninth Configuration 1984 (Movie)

Fromme (Actor)

Biography

Although best known as the author of "The Exorcist", the best-selling 1971 novel about a teenage girl's demonic possession which opened the door for a new generation of horrormeisters like Stephen King and Peter Straub, William Peter Blatty actually focused on writing comedy early in his career. All of his work prior to "The Exorcist" was in that genre, beginning with his 1960 novel, Which Way to Mecca, Jack?". His first screenplay credit came for "The Man From the Diner's Club" (1963), and he was working on a script ("What Did You Do in the War, Daddy" 1966) for director Blake Edwards when Edwards replaced the original director of "A Shot in the Dark" (1964), in production as a drama based on the successful play by Harry Kurnitz. Together Edwards and Blatty turned it into a gaspingly hilarious farce, reviving Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) from "The Pink Panther" (1964) as the film's lead. The funniest of the Clouseau comedies, it was one of four collaborations between Blatty and Edwards, ending with "Darling Lili" (1970).

Relationships

Mary Blatty

Mother

Linda Blatty Actor

Wife
Married July 20, 1975

Peter Blatty

Father

Christine Blatty

Daughter
mother, Elizabeth Gilman

Mary Blatty

Daughter
mother, Elizabeth Gilman

Michael Blatty

Son
mother, Elizabeth Gilman

Elizabeth Gilman

Wife
Married in 1950 Divorced

Mary Rigard

Wife
Married Feb. 18, 1950 Marriage annulled

EDUCATION

Georgetown University

Washington D.C. 1954

Milestones

2004

Provided the source material for "Exorcist: The Beginning" directed by Renny Harlin

1990

Wrote and directed William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist III"

1979

Feature directorial debut, "Twinkle, Twinkle, 'Killer' Kane/The Ninth Configuration"; also served as producer and screenwriter

1973

First film as producer (also wrote screenplay and story), "The Exorcist", based on his best-selling novel; won Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

1969

Fourth and last teaming with Edwards, "Darling Lili"

1964

Co-wrote screenplay for "A Shot in the Dark" with director Blake Edwards; first of four collaborations

1964

Adapted his novel "John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!" for the screen

1963

First feature as screenwriter, "The Man From the Diner's Club"

1960

Published first novel, "Which Way to Mecca, Jack?"

1951

Served in US Air Force

1950

Sold Electrolux vacuum cleaners door-to-door and drove a beer truck for Gunther Brewing Company

Editor, NEWS REVIEW, United States Information Agency in Beirut, Lebanon

Publicity director, University of Southern California in Los Angeles

Public relations director, Loyola University of Los Angeles

Bonus Trivia

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Blatty received an honorary degree (LHD) from Seattle University in 1974.

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