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William Saroyan (1908–1981)

The Oscar winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient William Saroyan, who gained world fame with his classic book "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" (1934), was born in California to Armenak and Takoohi Saroyan, Armenian refugees from the Turkish Ottoman Empire which perpetrated the Armenian genocide. With his unmistakably American literary ... See full bio »


(age 72) in Fresno, California, USA

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 2015 Ithaca (based on a novel by)
 2014 Half Moon Bay (story)
 2010 The Armenian and the Armenian (Short) (poem)
 2007 The Banishment (novel "The Laughing Matter")
 2004 Smesne i druge price (TV Mini-Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- Sedamdeset hiljada Asiraca (2004) ... (novel)
 1993 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series) (short story - 1 episode)
- The Parsley Garden (1993) ... (short story)
 1992 Vremya vashey zhizni (play)
 1978 Elämäsi parhain aika (TV Movie) (play "The Time of Your Life")
 1978 Teatro estudio (TV Series) (1 episode)
- La hermosa gente (1978)
 1976 My Heart Is in the Highlands (TV Movie) (play "My Heart is in the Highlands") / (story "White Horse Summer")
 1976 The Time of Your Life (TV Movie) (play)
 1970 NET Opera Theater (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- My Heart's in the Highlands (1970) ... (play)
 1968 Moje je srce visoko u brdima (TV Movie) (novel)
 1967 V gorakh moyo serdtse (Short) (book)
 1966 Estudio 1 (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- El momento de tu vida (1966) ... (play)
 1965 Hei siellä! (TV Movie) (play "Hello Out There")
 1965 Osteri ja helmi (TV Movie) (play "The Oyster And The Pearl)
 1964 Zwei oder drei Ehen (TV Short) (play)
 1964 Summer Playhouse (TV Series) (characters - 1 episode)
- The Human Comedy (1964) ... (characters)
 1964 L'huitre et la perle (TV Movie) (play)
 1964 Ein Leben lang (TV Movie)
 1964 Hello, jij daar! (TV Movie) (play "Hello-out there!")
 1963 Ey, kto nibud! (Short) (short story)
 1962 De vackra människorna (TV Movie) (play "The Beautiful People")
 1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Unstoppable Gray Fox (1962) ... (writer)
 1961 Le massacre des innocents (TV Movie) (play)
 1961 Die Pariser Komödie (TV Movie) (play)
 1961 Die Auster und die Perle (TV Movie) (play: The Oyster And The Pearl)
 1961 Østersen og Perlen (TV Movie) (based on the original play)
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series) (plays "Once Around the Block" and "My Heart's in the Highlands" - 1 episode)
- Two by Saroyan: 'Once Around the Block' and 'My Heart's in the Highlands' (1960) ... (plays "Once Around the Block" and "My Heart's in the Highlands")
 1960 Encounter (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- My Heart's in the Highlands (1960) ... (play)
 1960 Mijn hart is het Hoogland (TV Movie) (play "My Heart's in the Highlands")
 1960 Ragazza mia (TV Mini-Series) (novel)
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Human Comedy (1959) ... (story)
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Time of Your Life (1958) ... (play)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Time of Your Life (1958) ... (play)
 1957 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- My Heart's in the Highlands (1957) ... (play)
  Omnibus (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes, 1953) (play - 1 episode, 1956) (play "My Heart's in the Highlands - 1 episode, 1956) (writer - 1 episode, 1956)
- The Christmas Tie (1956) ... (play)
- TV/Radio Workshop of the Ford Foundation (1956) ... (play "My Heart's in the Highlands)
- The Abracadabra Kid (1953) ... (written by)
- Toy Symphony with Stokowski (1953) ... (written by)
 1956 Teledrama (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- O Tempo de Sua Vida (1956) ... (play)
 1956 Das Geheimnis der Makkaroni (TV Movie) (play)
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Midsummer Daydream (1955) ... (writer)
 1955 Die bösen Männer (TV Movie)
 1955 Østersen og Perlen (TV Movie) (play)
 1955 A.N.T.A. Album of 1955 (TV Movie) (play "The Christmas Tie")
 1955 Das Ostergeschenk (TV Movie)
 1954 Ein Bild fürs Leben (TV Movie)
 1954 Zwei oder drei Ehen (TV Movie)
 1954 Die Auster und die Perle (TV Movie)
 1953 Hallo, derude (TV Movie) (play)
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Mrs. Genius (1953) ... (story)
 1953 Mon coeur est dans les Highlands (TV Movie) (play)
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- My Heart's in the Highlands (1951) ... (play)
 1950 Cameo Theatre (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- A Daughter to Think About (1950) ... (written by)
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- My Heart's in the Highlands (1950) ... (story)
 1949 Hello Out There (Short) (play)
 1949 Actor's Studio (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
 1948 The Time of Your Life (Pulitzer Prize play)
 1943 The Human Comedy (from the story by)
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Other Works:

"Hello Out There" produced by BBC-TV, 17 March 1950. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

"So that's a Broadway show. For God's sake, I could write a better one than that in twenty-four hours!" To Random House publisher Bennett Cerf, after being taken to his first Broadway play, Ceiling Zero. He did it, too!


The Best Writing, Original Story Academy Award he won for "The Human Comedy" (1943) was made out of plaster. Though he didn't attend the ceremony held at Graumann's Chinese Theatre on March 2, 1944, saying he "didn't want to bother carrying it around," he did eventually get the Oscar. The plaster award was exchanged for a metal one in 1946 after World War Two restrictions on metals were lifted. ... See more »

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