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William W. Norton (1925–2010)

William Norton was born into a family of Utah Mormon pioneers. He is a life-long writer and political activist. After serving in combat in World War II, he did construction work and was a State Park ranger in California. His early writings were for the small literary magazines such as California Quarterly, as well as plays for little theater in ... See full bio »

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Big Bad Mama
Big Bad Mama Writer
White Lightning
Brannigan Writer
Night of the Juggler


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 1992 Exiled in America (play)
 1987 Body Count (story - as William W. Norton Sr.)
 1987 Big Bad Mama II (character creator - as William Norton)
 1986 The Eleventh Commandment (story - as William W. Norton Sr.)
 1983 September Gun (TV Movie) (written by - as William Norton)
 1981 Dirty Tricks (screenplay - as William Norton Sr.)
 1980 Night of the Juggler (screenplay by - as Bill Norton Sr.)
 1977 Day of the Animals (screenplay - as William Norton)
 1976 Gator
 1976 A Small Town in Texas (as William Norton)
 1976 Moving Violation (screenplay - as William Norton)
 1975 Brannigan (screenplay - as William Norton)
 1974 Big Bad Mama (written by - as William Norton)
 1973 White Lightning (written by - as William Norton)
 1973 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1973 Trader Horn (writer)
 1972 I Dismember Mama (as William Norton)
 1971 The Hunting Party (screenplay)
 1970 Marigold Man
 1970 The McKenzie Break (screenplay - as William Norton)
 1965-1969 The Big Valley (TV Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Town of No Exit (1969) ... (written by - as William Norton)
- The Price of Victory (1967) ... (written by - as William Norton)
- The Great Safe Robbery (1966) ... (written by - as William Norton)
- The Brawlers (1965) ... (written by - as William Norton)
 1969 Sam Whiskey (written by - as William Norton)
 1968 The Scalphunters (written by - as William Norton)
 1963 Five Minutes to Love (written by - as William Norton)
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Alternate Names:

Bill Norton Sr. | William W. Norton Sr. | William Norton Sr. | William Wallace Norton | William Norton

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[on seeing his movies] I don't think your I.Q. is low enough.


Son of parents who lost their ranch in Ogden, Utah during the Great Depression, they migrated to California where his father was a haberdashery salesman. See more »

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