His play, "12 Angry Men," was performed at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with Tony Haygarth, Timothy West, Maurice Kaufmann, Tim Healy, Kevin Whateley, Alan MacNaughtan, Peter Vaughan, and Robert East in the cast. Harold Pinter was director.
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[about his inspiration for 12 Angry Men
(1957)] It was such an impressive, solemn setting in a great big wood-paneled courtroom, with a silver-haired judge. It knocked me out. I was overwhelmed. I was on a jury for a manslaughter case, and we got into this terrific, furious, eight-hour argument in the jury room. I was writing one-hour dramas for Studio One in Hollywood
(1948) then and I thought, ...
Born in Manhattan, attended City College from 1937 to 1938. Served in the Army, 1942-1946, attaining rank of first lieutenant. Started writing for television in 1951 for CBS, and eventually worked for all three major networks.