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Paddy Chayefsky (1923–1981)

Author, producer and composer who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from CCNY, then a Purple Heart during World War II while serving in the US Army. Joining ASCAP in 1955, his chief musical collaborators included George Bassman and Harry Warren. His popular-song compositions include "Marty" and "Middle of the Night". See full bio »

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Won 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Network Writer
Marty Writer
Altered States
Paint Your Wagon


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 1994 Great Performances (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Paddy Chayefsky's 'The Mother' (1994) ... (writer)
 1981 Ein Zug nach Manhattan (TV Movie) (story "Holiday Song")
 1980 Altered States (novel) / (written for the screen by - as Sidney Aaron)
 1976 Network (written by)
 1976 Your Place or Mine? (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay)
 1973 O Grande Negócio (TV Movie) (play)
 1971 The Hospital (written by)
 1971 Il grosso affare (TV Movie) (story)
 1971 Gideon (TV Movie) (play) / (writer)
 1971 Mitten in der Nacht (TV Movie) (play)
 1971 Das große Projekt (TV Movie) (novel)
 1969 Paint Your Wagon (adaptation)
 1969 Teatterituokio (TV Series) (television play "The Mother" - 1 episode)
- Äiti (1969) ... (television play "The Mother")
 1968 Der zehnte Mann (TV Movie) (play "The Tenth Man")
 1966 Iso keikka (TV Movie) (play "The Big Deal")
 1966 Gideon (TV Movie) (play)
 1964 The Americanization of Emily (screenplay)
 1964 Gran teatro (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- El Impresor (1964)
- El gran negocio (1964)
 1960 Veliki poduhvat (TV Movie)
 1959 Middle of the Night (based on his play) / (screenplay)
 1959 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1958 Mati (TV Movie)
 1958 The Goddess (written by)
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Great American Hoax (1957) ... (story)
 1957 The Bachelor Party (screenplay) / (story "The Bachelor Party")
 1957 Teledrama (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Mãe (1957) ... (play)
 1956 The Catered Affair (teleplay)
 1956 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- Despedida de Solteiro (1956) ... (play)
- Canção Sagrada (1956) ... (play)
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- As Young as You Feel (1956) ... (story)
 1952-1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Catered Affair (1955) ... (writer)
- Printer's Measure (1953) ... (writer)
- Holiday Song (1952) ... (writer)
 1955 Marty (screenplay) / (story)
  The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 11 episodes, 1949 - 1954) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1953) (story - 1 episode, 1949)
- Catch My Boy on Sunday (1954) ... (writer)
- Middle of the Night (1954) ... (writer)
- The Mother (1954) ... (writer)
- The Sixth Year (1953) ... (teleplay) / (writer)
- The Bachelor Party (1953) ... (writer)
 1953 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Gift from Cotton Mather (1953) ... (writer)
 1951 As Young as You Feel (story)
 1945 The True Glory (Documentary)
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Other Works:

His play, "The Latent Heterosexual", was performed at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England in a Royal Shakespeare Company production with Lee Montague, Roy Dotrice, Ian Hogg, Barry Stanton, John Kane, Phillip Hinton and Tim Wylton in the cast. Terry Hands was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sidney Aaron | Paddy Chayevsky

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Personal Quote:

[on Network (1976)] Television is democracy at its ugliest - give the people what they want. My rage isn't against television; it's against the dehumanization of people. People say to me, 'Jesus, you moved into some pretty surreal stuff', and I say 'No, I still write realistic stuff. It's the world that's turned into a satire.' See more »


Unlikely as it sounds, Chayefsky scripted draft versions of both "The Cincinnati Kid" and "Ice Station Zebra", though the eventual films were made from different screenplays by other writers. Both films were produced by Martin Ransohoff, who also produced "The Americanization Of Emily", which did use a Chayefsky screenplay. Several years earlier, he was mentioned as a possible scriptwriter for "... See more »


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