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Steve Tesich (1942–1996)

Born in Yugoslavia, Tesich was 14 when he came to America and settled in East Chicago, Indiana. His father, a machinist, died in 1962. He graduated from Indiana University in 1965 and did graduate work at Columbia University where he began to write plays. 'Breaking Away (1979)' won Tesich an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination. He successfully ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 1985 Eleni (screenplay)
 1985 American Flyers (written by)
 1982 The World According to Garp (screenplay)
 1981 Four Friends
 1981 Eyewitness
  Breaking Away (TV Series) (created by - 7 episodes, 1980 - 1981) (story - 1 episode, 1981) (written by - 1 episode, 1980)
- La Strada (1981) ... (creator) / (story)
- Rainy Night in Georgia (1981) ... (creator)
- Grand Illusion (1980) ... (creator)
- Heart Like a Wheel (1980) ... (creator)
- King of the Quarry (1980) ... (creator)
 1979 Breaking Away (written by)
 1978 Apple Pie (TV Series) (characters)
 1974 The Carpenters (TV Movie) (play)
 1974 Nourish the Beast (TV Movie) (play)
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 1980-1981 Breaking Away (TV Series) (executive story consultant - 5 episodes)
- La Strada (1981) ... (executive story consultant)
- Rainy Night in Georgia (1981) ... (executive story consultant)
- Heart Like a Wheel (1980) ... (executive story consultant)
- King of the Quarry (1980) ... (executive story consultant)
- The American Dream (1980) ... (executive story consultant)
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 1990 Great Performances: Dance in America (TV Series)
Himself
- Bob Fosse: Steam Heat (1990) ... Himself
 1980 The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Best Original Screenplay Winner
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 1997 The 69th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Memorial Tribute
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His play, "On the Open Road," was performed at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, with Steve Pickering in the cast. The crew included George Tsypin (scenic designer), Rob Milburn (sound designer), and Michael S. Philippi (lighting designer). See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on living in England]: It's such a rigid class structure there. If you have a name of a certain kind, it almost opens doors for you without meaning that you have some intrinsic merit to go through that door.

Trivia:

In 1962, he was was an alternate rider for the Phi Kappa Psi team in the Little 500 bicycle race. His teammate, Dave Blase, rode 139 of 200 laps and was the victory rider crossing the finish line for his team. They developed a friendship and Dave provided the inspiration for the main character in Tesich's award-winning screenplay, "Breaking Away(1979)".

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