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George Abbott (I) (1887–1995)

Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott attended Hamburg High School, graduating in 1907, ... See full bio »

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 1986 The Boys from Syracuse (TV Movie) (book by)
 1978 Drei Mann auf einem Pferd (TV Movie) (play "Three Men on a Horse")
 1969 Three Men on a Horse (play "Three Men on a Horse")
 1968 The Jazz Age (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Broadway (1968) ... (writer)
 1967 Damn Yankees! (TV Movie) (book)
 1961 Drei Mann auf einem Pferd (TV Movie) (play)
 1958 Damn Yankees! (book) / (screenplay)
 1957 Drei Mann auf einem Pferd (play "Three Men on a Horse" - as Abbott)
 1957 The Pajama Game (book) / (screenplay)
 1957 Drei Mann auf einem Pferd (TV Movie) (play)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Three Men on a Horse (1957) ... (play)
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Broadway (1955) ... (play)
 1954 Best Foot Forward (TV Movie) (original musical)
 1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Three Men on a Horse (1954) ... (play)
 1952 Where's Charley? (play)
 1952 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Three Men on a Horse (1952) ... (play)
 1950 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Three Men on a Horse (1950) ... (play)
 1947 Beat the Band (based on the stage play by)
 1942 Broadway (play)
 1941 Highway West (play "Heat Lightning")
 1940 The Boys from Syracuse (play)
 1939 On Your Toes (based on the musical play by)
 1938 Broadway (TV Movie)
 1936 Three Men on a Horse (from the play by)
 1934 Straight Is the Way (from a play by)
 1934 Heat Lightning (from the original play by)
 1933 Lilly Turner (play)
 1932 Those We Love (play)
 1931 My Sin (adaptation)
 1931 Secrets of a Secretary (adaptation)
 1931 Sombras del circo (script "Half-Way to Heaven")
 1931 La incorregible (script "Manslaughter")
 1931 Stolen Heaven (adaptation)
 1930 El Dios del mar (script "The Sea God")
 1930 The Sea God (adaptation - dialogue)
 1930 Manslaughter (adaptation)
 1930 The Fall Guy (by)
 1930 All Quiet on the Western Front (screen play)
 1929 Halfway to Heaven (adaptation)
 1929 Night Parade (play "Ringside")
 1929 The Saturday Night Kid (play "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em")
 1929 Why Bring That Up? (adaptation - dialogue)
 1929 Broadway (play) / (script)
 1929 Coquette (based on the stage production by)
 1928 Four Walls (play) / (script)
 1927 Hills of Peril (play "A Holy Terror")
 1926 Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (play)
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Stage: Wrote (w/Phillip Dunning) / directed "Broadway" on Broadway. Drama. Broadhurst Theatre: 16 Sep 1926-11 Feb 1928 (603 performances). Cast: Constance Brown, Sylvia Field (as "Billie Moore"), William Foran, Robert Gleckler (as "Steve Crandall"), Thomas E. Jackson (as "Dan McCorn"), Roy R. Lloyd (as "Mike"), Millard Mitchell (as "... See more »

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I must confess that one of my main defects as a director has always been an incurable impatience. See more »


Won 11 Tony Awards, second only to his protégé Harold Prince's unprecedented 20-win record. Abbott's wins: in 1955, with collaborator Richard Bissell, as Best Authors (Musical) and as co-author of the book of the Best Musical winner "The Pajama Game"; in 1956, with collaborator Douglass Wallop, as Best Authors (Musical) and as co-author of the book of the Best Musical winner "Damn Yankees!"; in ... See more »


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