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A bright child, John Sayles began reading novels before age 9. A Williams grad in 1972, he shunned a corporate career to work various blue-collar jobs, moving to east Boston to take a factory job. He wrote stories and submitted them to various magazines, and the Atlantic Monthly gave him the idea of publishing them in a novel--thus "Pride of the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 29 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Lone Star Writer
(1996)
Eight Men Out Writer
(1988)
Men with Guns Writer
(1997)

Filmography

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 2018/I Sonora, the Devil's Highway (written by)
 2018 The Alienist (TV Series) (teleplay by - 3 episodes)
- Castle in the Sky (2018) ... (teleplay by)
- Psychopathia Sexualis (2018) ... (teleplay by)
- Many Sainted Men (2018) ... (teleplay by)
 2016 Dr. Del (TV Movie)
 2010 Amigo (written by)
 2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles (screenplay)
 2007 Honeydripper (written by)
 2004 Silver City (written by)
 2003 Casa de los babys (written by)
 2002 Sunshine State (written by)
 1999/I Limbo (written by)
 1997/II Men with Guns (written by)
 1996 Lone Star (written by)
 1995 Piranha (TV Movie) (original screenplay) / (story)
 1994 Men of War (screenplay)
 1994 The Secret of Roan Inish (screenplay)
 1992 Passion Fish (written by)
 1991 City of Hope (written by)
 1990 Shannon's Deal (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Custody (1990) ... (written by)
- Words to Music (1990) ... (written by)
 1989 Breaking In (written by)
 1989 Shannon's Deal (TV Movie)
 1988 Eight Men Out (screenplay)
 1987 Matewan (written by)
 1987 Wild Thing (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Unnatural Causes (TV Movie)
 1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear (screenplay)
 1983 Baby It's You (screenplay by)
 1983 Lianna (written by)
 1982 The Challenge (written by)
 1981 The Howling (screenplay by)
 1980 Alligator (screenplay) / (story)
 1980 A Perfect Match (TV Movie)
 1980 Battle Beyond the Stars (screenplay by) / (story by)
 1979 The Lady in Red (written by)
 1978 Piranha (screenplay) / (story)
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Show Show Sound department (4 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (9 credits)
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Show Show Self (60 credits)
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Other Works:

Music video: Directed / appears in "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 9 Interviews | 16 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)

Parents:

Sayles, Donald John | Sayles, Mary
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Personal Quote:

[1983 interview] Because directing is very political and social, it takes up more of your time than writing does. It's more demanding because you have to make the movie when the money is there. A book can just sit there; it doesn't depend on anyone else. That's what's nice about it. You don't have to rely on anyone else - you either do it or you don't. Fiction writing is a break from movie-making... See more »

Trivia:

Drafted in 1968, but rejected by the United States Army because of missing vertebra. See more »

Trademark:

Towering height and slender frame See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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