David Mamet


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Born in 1947 in Chicago, he was educated at Goddard College, in Vermont, and studied drama at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, before returning to Chicago and establishing the St Nicholas Theatre Company in 1972. He remained their resident writer for four years. The first of his plays to secure international recognition was 'Sexual Perversity in... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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(1987)
(2000)
(1992)
Wag the Dog Writer
(1997)

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  2 Days, 1963 (re-writes) (pre-production)
 2014 About Last Night (based upon "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" by)
 2013/I The Coin (Short) (short story by)
 2013 Phil Spector (TV Movie) (written by)
 2010 Two Painters (Short)
 2010 Inside the Actor's Workshop (Video short) (written by)
 2010 Our Valley (Short)
 2010 The Marquee (Short)
 2010 The Dog (Short)
 2010 Lost Masterpieces of Pornography (Video short) (written by)
  The Unit (TV Series) (creator - 69 episodes, 2006 - 2009) (written by - 10 episodes, 2006 - 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Unknown Soldier (2009) ... (creator)
- Endgame (2009) ... (creator)
- Chaos Theory (2009) ... (creator)
- Whiplash (2009) ... (creator)
- Best Laid Plans (2009) ... (creator)
 2008 Redbelt (written by)
 2005 Edmond (play) / (screenplay)
 2004 Spartan (written by)
 2002 The 74th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special material written by)
 2001 Heist (written by)
 2001 Hannibal (screenplay by)
 2000 State and Main (written by)
 2000 Lakeboat (play - uncredited) / (written by)
 1999 The Winslow Boy (screenplay)
 1999 Lansky (TV Movie) (written by)
 1998 Ronin (screenplay - as Richard Weisz)
 1997 Wag the Dog (screenplay)
 1997 The Spanish Prisoner (written by)
 1997 The Edge (written by)
 1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (TV Series) (additional material - 1 episode)
- New Phone System (1997) ... (additional material)
 1996 American Buffalo (play) / (screenplay)
 1994 Oleanna (play) / (screenplay)
 1994 Texan (TV Movie) (written by)
 1994 Vanya on 42nd Street (play adaptation)
 1993 A Life in the Theatre (TV Movie) (play) / (teleplay)
 1993 Hoffa: Discussion After First Script Read-Through (Video documentary short) (screenplay)
 1992 Hoffa (written by)
 1992 Glengarry Glen Ross (based on the play by) / (screenplay by)
 1992 The Water Engine (TV Movie) (play) / (written by)
 1991 Homicide (written by)
 1991 Performance (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Uncle Vanya (1991)
 1989 We're No Angels (written by)
 1989 The Play on One (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Shawl (1989) ... (writer)
 1988 Things Change (written by)
 1987 House of Games (screenplay) / (story)
 1987 The Untouchables (written by)
 1987 Hill Street Blues (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- A Wasted Weekend (1987) ... (written by)
 1986 About Last Night (play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago")
 1982 The Verdict (screenplay)
 1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice (screenplay by)
 1979 A Life in the Theatre (TV Movie) (play)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His play, "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," was performed at the Organic Theater Company, 4520 North Beacon Street, Chicago, Illinois with Eric Loeb (hipster); Carolyn Gordon; Roberta Custer; and Warren Casey in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 5 Interviews | 35 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Richard Weisz

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)

Spouse:

Rebecca Pidgeon  (2 children) | See more »

Children:

Zosia Mamet
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on the influence of Vikram Jayanti's documentary, 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector' on his own later project for HBO] I see the documentary, and it's a brilliant documentary. And you start out. In the first ten seconds you're saying, 'Oh, this guy's a freak. He's small. He's wizened. He talks funny. His arms are shaky. He's obviously a freak'. Three minutes later, you say, 'Well, he ... See more »

Trivia:

His play "Boston Marriage" was performed at the Donmar Warehouse and New Ambassador's Theatre in London and was nominated for a 2002 'Laurence Olivier' Theatre Award for Best New Comedy of 2001. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently makes use of William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and Joe Mantegna, actors who also headlined his stage productions. Other regulars include Ed O'Neill, Lionel Mark Smith, Ricky Jay, Jonathan Katz and the late J.T. Walsh. See more »

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