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John Michael Hayes (1919–2008)

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, John Michael Hayes began his writing career as a newspaper reporter. Following service with the US Army during WWII, he moved to California where he wrote for such radio dramas as Sam Spade and Inner Sanctum. Moving to film in 1952, he has amassed credits which span over 40 years and include such enduring titles ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Rear Window
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 1994 Iron Will (written by)
 1988 Pancho Barnes (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay)
 1975 Nevada Smith (TV Movie)
 1975 Adams of Eagle Lake (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Treasure Chest Murder (1975) ... (written by)
 1974 Winter Kill (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1973 Walking Tall (uncredited)
 1966 Nevada Smith (screen story) / (screenplay)
 1966 Judith
 1965/I Harlow (screenplay)
 1964 The Carpetbaggers (screenplay)
 1964 The Chalk Garden (screenplay)
 1961 The Children's Hour (screenplay)
 1960 BUtterfield 8 (screenplay)
 1960 The Rat Race (uncredited)
 1959 But Not for Me (writer)
 1958 Separate Tables (uncredited)
 1958 The Matchmaker (screenplay)
 1957 Peyton Place (screenplay)
 1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much (screenplay)
 1955 The Trouble with Harry (screenplay)
 1955 To Catch a Thief (screenplay)
 1954 Rear Window (screenplay)
 1953 War Arrow (written by)
 1953 Torch Song (writer)
 1953 Thunder Bay (screenplay) / (story)
 1953 Chevron Theatre (TV Series) (original story - 1 episode)
- No Escape (1953) ... (original story)
 1952 Red Ball Express (screenplay)
 1951 Suspense (TV Series) (original story - 1 episode)
- Vamp Till Dead (1951) ... (original story)
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Prior to films starting in 1952, wrote many radio dramas and comedies, including "Suspense", "Inner Sanctum", "Richard Diamond", Sam Spade", "My Favorite Husband", and "Night Beat". See more »

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5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Father of Garrett Michael Hayes, author of the posted minibiography. See more »

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