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Paddy Chayefsky

  • Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York
  • Birthday: January 29
Date of passing: 
August 01, 1981

Paddy Chayefsky was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist.

He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Screenplay (the other three-time winners, Francis Ford Coppola, Charles Brackett, Woody Allen and Billy Wilder, have all shared their awards with co-writers).

He was considered one of the most renowned dramatists of the so-called Golden Age of Television. His intimate, realistic scripts provided a naturalistic style of television drama for the 1950s, and he was regarded as the central figure in the "kitchen sink realism" movement of American television.

Paddy Chayefsky was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist.

He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Screenplay (the other three-time winners, Francis Ford Coppola, Charles Brackett, Woody Allen and Billy Wilder, have all shared their awards with co-writers).

He was considered one of the most renowned dramatists of the so-called Golden Age of Television. His intimate, realistic scripts provided a naturalistic style of television drama for the 1950s, and he was regarded as the central figure in the "kitchen sink realism" movement of American television.

Following his critically acclaimed teleplays, Chayefsky continued to succeed as a playwright and novelist. As a screenwriter, he received three Academy Awards for Marty, The Hospital, and Network. His screenplay for Network is often regarded as his masterpiece.

Paddy Chayefsky was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984.

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