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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 »

Known For

Network
Network Writer
(1976)
Altered States
(1980)
The Hospital
The Hospital Writer
(1971)
Marty
Marty Writer
(1955)

Filmography

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  Welcome to the Basement (TV Series) (screenplay - 2 episodes, 2012 - 2016) (story - 1 episode, 2016) (novel - 1 episode, 2014) (written for the screen by - 1 episode, 2014)
- Marty (2016) ... (screenplay) / (story)
- Altered States (2014) ... (novel) / (written for the screen by - as Sidney Aaron)
- Paint Your Wagon (2012) ... (screenplay)
 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)
 1974 A nagy üzlet (TV Movie)
 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 (play)
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote "Middle of the Night", produced on Broadway in 1956. Incidental music by Lehman Engel. Costume Design by Sophie Devine (as "Motley"). Lighting Design and Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Assistant to Mr. Mielziner: John Harvey. ANTA Playhouse: 8 Feb 1956-25 May 1957 (on hiatus from 30 Jun 1956- 27 Aug 1956/477 performances)... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sidney Aaron | Paddy Chayevsky
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Vanessa Redgrave's anti-Zionistic tirade at the 1978 Oscars] I would like to say - personal opinion of course - that I'm sick and tired of people exploiting the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own propaganda. I would like to suggest to Miss Redgrave that her winning the Academy Award is not a pivotal moment in history, does not require a proclamation, and a simple 'thank you' ... See more »

Trivia:

Graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School See more »

Trademark:

Complex plot progression

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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