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William Peter Blatty (1928–2017)


William Peter Blatty was born on January 7, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for The Exorcist (1973), The Ninth Configuration (1980) and The Exorcist III (1990). He was married to Julie Alicia Witbrodt, Linda Blatty, Elizabeth Gilman and Mary Margaret Rigard. He died on January 12, 2017 in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Exorcist Writer
(1973)
(1990)

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 2016-2017 The Exorcist (TV Series) (inspired by the novel by - 20 episodes)
- Unworthy (2017) ... (inspired by the novel by)
- Ritual & Repetition (2017) ... (inspired by the novel by)
- A Heaven of Hell (2017) ... (inspired by the novel by)
- Help Me (2017) ... (inspired by the novel by)
- Darling Nikki (2017) ... (inspired by the novel by)
 2004 Exorcist: The Beginning (movie The Exorcist)
 1990 Legion (novel) / (screenplay)
 1990 The Exorcist III (novel "Legion") / (screenplay)
 1980 The Ninth Configuration (novel "Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane") / (screenplay)
 1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic (based on characters created by - uncredited)
 1968-1975 Insight (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- The Man from Inner Space (1975) ... (written by)
- Watts Made Out of Thread (1968) ... (written by)
 1973 The Exorcist (novel) / (written for the screen by)
 1970 Darling Lili (written by)
 1969 The Great Bank Robbery (screenplay)
 1967 Gunn (screenplay)
 1966 Promise Her Anything (screen story) / (screenplay)
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (written by)
 1964 A Shot in the Dark (screenplay)
 1963 The Man from the Diners' Club (screenplay - as Bill Blatty) / (story - as Bill Blatty)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Wrote the pilot for a sitcom to be called "Which Way to the Mecca, Jack" about a swinging Middle Eastern king who uses American aid to increase the size of his harem. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bill Blatty

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on the Academy Awards snub of The Exorcist (1973), which out of ten nominations won only for Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay (which went to Blatty himself)] The Academy should fold its tent and go back to baking apple strudel or whatever they can do well.

Trivia:

He became friends with Tippi Hedren in the early 1970s, and she named one of her lions Billy after him. He gave her a copy of his unpublished novel "The Exorcist" and she was so absorbed reading it that she woke up her then-husband, agent Noel Marshall, in the middle of the night and told him that he should represent Blatty in publishing the novel and the film adaptation. She took the photo of ... See more »

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