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Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–1990)

Friedrich Dürrenmatt was born on January 5, 1921 in Konolfingen, Switzerland as Friedrich Josef Dürrenmatt. He was a writer and director, known for It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958), The Pledge (2001) and End of the Game (1975). He was married to Charlotte Kerr and Lotti Geißler. He died on December 14, 1990 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. See full bio »

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 2008 The Visit (TV Movie) (play)
 2006 Vana daami visiit (play "Der Besuch der alten Dame")
 2001/I The Pledge (book)
 1999 The Visit (play)
 1999 Návsteva staré dámy (TV Movie) (play "Der Besuch der alten Dame")
 1997 Es geschah am hellichten Tag (TV Movie)
 1996 Play Strindberg (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1996 The Lady Is Back (play)
 1996 The Cold Light of Day (based on "Es geschah am hellichten Tag" by)
 1994 A Visita da Velha Senhora (TV Movie) (play)
 1993 Frank Viides (TV Movie) (play "Frank der Fünfte")
 1993 Justiz (novel "Justiz")
 1992 Hyenas (play "The Visit")
 1990 Szürkület (as F. Dürrenmatt)
 1989 Vizit damy (TV Movie) (play "Der Besuch der alten Dame")
 1989 Achterloo IV (TV Movie) (play) / (screenplay)
 1988 Fysikerne (TV Movie) (play)
 1988 Abendstunde im Spätherbst (TV Movie) (novel)
 1985 Drôle de samedi (short story "Die Wurst")
 1982 Der Besuch der alten Dame (TV Movie)
 1982 Deadly Game (TV Movie) (novel)
 1982 A nagy Romulus (TV Movie)
 1982 Angyal szállt le Babilonba (TV Movie)
 1979 La promessa (TV Movie) (novel "Das Versprechen")
 1976 Poseta stare dame (TV Movie) (play: Der besuch den alten dame)
 1975 End of the Game (novel "The Judge and His Hangman") / (screenplay)
 1974 Le juge et son bourreau (TV Movie) (novel)
 1974 Noche de teatro (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- La visita de la vieja dama (1974) ... (play - as F. Dürrenmatt)
 1974 Avariya
 1973 Play Strindberg (TV Movie)
 1972 La più bella serata della mia vita (play "La Panne")
 1972 Los físicos (TV Movie)
 1972 Il giudice e il suo boia (TV Movie) (play)
 1972 Il sospetto (TV Movie) (novel)
 1972 Suspicion (novel "Der Verdacht")
 1971 Silence! The Court Is in Session (story "Die Panne")
 1971/I Play Strindberg (TV Movie) (play)
 1971 Romulus le grand (TV Movie) (play)
 1971/II Play Strindberg (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1971/II König Johann (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1971/I König Johann (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1971 La visite de la vieille dame (TV Movie) (play)
 1970 De fysici (TV Movie) (play)
 1969 De fysici (TV Movie) (play)
 1969 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Conversation at Night (1969) ... (writer)
 1969 Meteop (play)
 1969 Romulus den store (TV Movie) (play "Romulus der Große")
 1968 Fysikerna (TV Movie) (play "Die Physiker")
 1968 Der Meteor (TV Movie) (play)
 1967 Estudio 1 (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Los físicos (1967) ... (play)
 1967 Frank V. - Die Oper einer Privatbank (TV Movie) (novel) / (screenplay)
 1966 Enkeli tuli Babyloniin (TV Movie) (play "Ein Engel kommt nach Babylon")
 1966 Once a Greek (novel)
 1966 Eräs syysilta (TV Movie) (play "Herr Korbes empfaengt")
 1965 Romulus der Große (TV Movie) (play)
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Physicists (1965)
 1964 Die Physiker (TV Movie) (play)
 1964 The Visit (play "Der Besuch der alten Dame")
 1964 En författare får besök (TV Movie)
 1962 Colloquio con un uomo disprezzato (TV Movie) (story)
 1962 Operazione Vega (TV Movie) (story)
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Greedy Town (1962) ... (: for play - uncredited)
 1962 Die Physiker (TV Movie)
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) (novella "Der Richter und sein Henker" - 1 episode)
- The Judge and His Hangman (1961) ... (novella "Der Richter und sein Henker")
 1961 The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi (play) / (screenplay)
 1961 Nachtelijk gesprek (TV Movie)
 1960 Abendstunde im Spätherbst (TV Movie) (play "Herr Korbes empfaengt")
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Author at Work (1960) ... (story)
 1959 Der Besuch der alten Dame (TV Movie)
 1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Breakdown (1958) ... (story)
 1958 It Happened in Broad Daylight (novel Das Versprechen) / (screenplay) / (story)
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Deadly Game (1957) ... (story - as Friedrich Durrenmatt)
 1957 Der Richter und sein Henker (TV Movie) (novel) / (teleplay)
 1957 Die Panne (TV Movie)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "The Pledge" (filmed as The Pledge (2001)) See more »

Alternate Names:

Friedrich Durrenmatt | F. Dürrenmatt

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What was once thought can never be unthought.


Was nominated for Broadway's 1959 Tony Award as author, as adapted by Maurice Valency, of Best Play nominee "The Visit."

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