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George Axelrod (1922–2003)

George Axelrod was born on June 9, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), The Seven Year Itch (1955) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). He was married to Joan Axelrod and Gloria Washburn. He died on June 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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 2004 The Manchurian Candidate (1962 screenplay)
 1987 The Fourth Protocol (screen story)
 1985 The Holcroft Covenant (screenplay)
 1985 Goodbye Charlie (TV Short) (play)
 1982 Meine Frau erfährt kein Wort (TV Movie) (play)
 1979 Au théâtre ce soir (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Good Bye Charlie (1979) ... (play)
 1979 The Lady Vanishes (screenplay)
 1973 Alta comedia (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1971 Letzte Grüße, lieber Charlie (TV Movie) (play "Goodbye, Charlie!")
 1970 Meine Frau erfährt kein Wort (TV Movie)
 1966 The Tammy Grimes Show (TV Series) (creator)
 1966 Lord Love a Duck (screenplay)
 1965 How to Murder Your Wife (written by)
 1964 Goodbye Charlie (play)
 1964 Paris When It Sizzles (screenplay)
 1962 The Manchurian Candidate (screenplay)
 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's (screenplay)
 1958 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (uncredited)
 1956 Bus Stop (screenplay)
 1955 The Seven Year Itch (based upon an original play: "The Seven Year Itch") / (screenplay)
 1954 Phffft (story & screen play)
 1953 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Confessions of a Nervous Man (1953) ... (writer)
 1952 All in Fun (TV Movie)
 1951 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.22 (1951) ... (written by)
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[on the screenplay for "The Manchurian Candidate"]: It breaks every single known rule. It's got dream sequences, flashbacks, narration out of nowhere. When we got in trouble, it just had a voice explaining stuff. Everything in the world that you're told not to do. But that was part of its genetic code, the secret of the crossword puzzle. See more »


Former actor and stage manager. By 1952, had written over 400 scripts for radio and TV shows. Under contract as writer to 20th Century Fox, 1955-1956, and 1965-1968. See more »

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