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August Wilson (I) (1945–2005)

August Wilson once dropped out of school, disillusioned after having been unjustly accused of plagiarism by a racist instructor who could not fathom the artistic and intellectual genius of a then young Black male writer. Wilson was not disillusioned forever. Having now completed a decade by decade cycle of seven plays that illustrate the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Known For

The Piano Lesson
(1995)
The 41st Annual Tony Awards
The 41st Annual Tony Awards Himself - Winner: Best Play
(1987)
The 55th Annual Tony Awards
The 55th Annual Tony Awards Himself - Presenter
(2001)
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards Himself - Presenter: Best Play
(1989)

Filmography

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 1995 The Piano Lesson (TV Movie) (play) / (teleplay)
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 2003 The Naked Proof
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 1995 The Piano Lesson (TV Movie) (producer)
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 2002 60 Minutes (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Playwright (segment "August Wilson")
- Hamas/August Wilson/The FBI's Dirty Little Secret (2002) ... Himself - Playwright (segment "August Wilson")
 2001 The 55th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Presenter
 1998 Charlie Rose (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Episode dated 25 February 1998 (1998) ... Himself - Guest
 1992 Literary Visions (TV Series documentary)
Himself
 1990 Ebony/Jet Showcase (TV Series)
Himself
- Episode dated 23 November 1990 (1990) ... Himself
 1989 The 43rd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Presenter: Best Play
 1987 The 41st Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Winner: Best Play
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 2015 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Himself
 2002 60 Minutes (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Playwright (segment "August Wilson")
- Murder in the Second Degree/There's No Business Like Shoe Business/August Wilson (2002) ... Himself - Playwright (segment "August Wilson")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(September 17, 1992 to November 1, 1993) His play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," was performed at the Public Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Sandra Reeves Phillips in the cast. See more »

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Personal Quote:

Having moved from Pittsburgh to St. Paul, I felt I could hear voices for the first time accurately.

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His mother was African-American, his father a white German immigrant. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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