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Paul Brickhill (1916–1991)

Paul Brickhill was born on December 20, 1916 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Paul Chester Jerome Brickhill. He was a writer, known for The Great Escape (1963), The Dam Busters (1955) and Reach for the Sky (1956). He was married to Margaret (Margot) Olive Slater. He died on April 23, 1991 in Victoria. See full bio »


(age 74) in Victoria, Australia

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 1963 The Great Escape (book)
 1956 Reach for the Sky (book "The Story of Douglas Bader)
 1955 The Dam Busters (book)
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 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- War of Nerves (1964) ... (novel)
 1951 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- The Great Escape (1951) ... (novel)
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 1980 The British Greats (TV Series)
- Peter Finch (1980) ... Himself

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Best known for writing several historical books on WW2 subjects, the most famous being "The Great Escape" filmed in 1963 with Steve McQueen. Brickhill himself was a prisoner of the camp in question, Stalag Luft III, and participated in what was to be the most famous prison break in World War II.

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