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Date of Birth 18 March 1915New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 9 April 1996Dallas, Texas, USA
Birth NameRichard Thomas Condon
Height 6' (1.83 m)

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Richard Condon was born on March 18, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Thomas Condon. He is known for his work on Prizzi's Honor (1985), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and The Manchurian Candidate (2004). He was married to Evelyn Hunt. He died on April 9, 1996 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

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Evelyn Hunt (1938 - 9 April 1996) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

Claimed he became a writer because he stuttered, which led him to learn a large vocabulary and to love words.
Early in his career, worked as a copywriter for an advertising agency, which led him into 22 years as a movie publicist, beginning with the position of Eastern Publicity Director for Walt Disney Productions.
Condon moved to Madrid to direct publicity for Stanley Kramer 's The Pride and the Passion (1957), which starred Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Sophia Loren but which was unsuccessful, and Condon wound up with a bleeding ulcer. He was equally stressed publicizing The King and Four Queens (1956) starring Clark Gable, and his wife urged him to quit the profession.
Condon's 1958 novel, "The Oldest Confession", about an art thief, was inspired by paintings he saw during the filming of The Pride and the Passion (1957), at El Escorial outside Madrid. In the vestry, the film lighting showed paintings by Goya, Velasquez, and El Greco high on the wall, which otherwise were not visible. His novel was adapted into the film The Happy Thieves (1961), starring Rex Harrison and Rita Hayworth.
Invented "Condon's Law," which says that "When you don't know the whole truth, the worst you can imagine is bound to be close."
He managed the publicity of the Disney hits Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Fantasia (1940), Pinocchio (1940), and Dumbo (1941).
In the 1950s, the Condon family lived in England, Spain, and France. During the 1960s, they lived in Geneva, Switzerland, and in 1971, they bought a house in Kilkenny, Ireland. In 1980, he moved to Dallas, Texas, to be near his daughter, and there wrote "Prizzi's Honor."
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 122-123. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Brother of Robert Condon, writer (ghostwriter of autobiography of Archie Moore), who was one of the guests present in the home of actor George Reeves on the night of Reeves' mysterious death.
Did not begin writing novels until the age of 42.
Graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in New York. Poor grades prevented him from going to college. His first jobs were as elevator operator, hotel clerk and waiter.
Was friends with John Huston, the director of Prizzi's Honor.

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