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E.L. Doctorow (1931–2015)

E.L. Doctorow was born on January 6, 1931 in New York City, New York, USA as Edgar Lawrence Doctorow. He was a writer and actor, known for Ragtime (1981), Billy Bathgate (1991) and Daniel (1983). He was married to Helen Setzer. He died on July 21, 2015 in Manhattan, New York City. See full bio »

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 2008 Jolene (story "Jolene: A Life")
 1991 Billy Bathgate (book)
 1983 Daniel (novel "The Book of Daniel") / (screenplay)
 1981 Ragtime (based on the novel by)
 1967 Welcome to Hard Times (novel "Welcome to Hard Times")
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 1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
Adviser to President Grover Cleveland (uncredited)
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 1983 Daniel (executive producer)
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 2014 In Confidence (TV Series documentary)
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- In Confidence: E L Doctorow (2014) ... Himself - Guest
 1998-2014 Charlie Rose (TV Series)
Himself - Guest / Himself
- Episode dated 29 January 2014 (2014) ... Himself - Guest
- Episode dated 2 January 2006 (2006) ... Himself
- Episode dated 20 January 1998 (1998) ... Himself - Guest
 2013 Salinger (Documentary)
 1999 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
- New York: Part V - Cosmopolis (1999) ... Himself
 1999 The Century: America's Time (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- 1914-1919: Shell Shock (1999) ... Himself
 1998 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Creating Ragtime (1998) ... Himself
 1997 Ragtime: The American Premiere (TV Movie documentary)
 1990 Greenwich Village Writers: The Bohemian Legacy (Video documentary)
Himself / Reader
 1990 Great Performances: Dance in America (TV Series)
- Bob Fosse: Steam Heat (1990) ... Himself
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 2015 Charlie Rose (TV Series)
- Episode dated 22 July 2015 (2015) ... Himself
 2012 Welcome to the Basement (TV Series)
- More Lost Highway (2012) ... Himself

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(2009-2010 Season) His novel, "Ragtime," was adapted into a musical production by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens at the Drury Lane Productions in Chicago, Illinois with Quentin Earl Darrington, Cory Goodrich, Mark David Kaplan, and Valisia LeKae in the cast. Rachel Rockwell was director. Kevin Depinet was scenic designer. ... See more »

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[testifying before a U.S government funding committee,1981] The truth is, if you're going to take away the lunches of schoolchildren, the pensions of miners who've contacted black lung, the storefront legal services of the poor who are otherwise stunned into insensibility by the magnitude of their troubles, you might as well get rid of poets, artists and musicians. If you're planning to scrap ... See more »


Musical play based on his novel "Ragtime" performed at the Piccadilly Theatre, was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Musical of 2003. See more »

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