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Paul Brickhill (1916–1991)

Paul Brickhill was born on December 20, 1916 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Paul Chester Jerome Brickhill. He was a writer, known for The Great Escape (1963), Reach for the Sky (1956) and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963). He was married to Margaret (Margot) Olive Slater. He died on April 23, 1991 in Victoria. See full bio »


(age 74) in Victoria, Australia

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 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- War of Nerves (1964) ... (novel)
 1963 The Great Escape (book)
 1956 Reach for the Sky (book "The Story of Douglas Bader)
 1955 The Dam Busters (book)
 1951 Repertory Theatre (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- The Great Escape (1951) ... (novel)
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 1980 The British Greats (TV Series)
- Peter Finch (1980) ... Himself
 1979 Peter Regan's Musical World (TV Movie)
 1961 This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary)
- Harry Day (1961) ... Himself

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Book: "The Story of Douglas Bader". NOTE: Filmed as Reach for the Sky (1956). See more »

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Best known for writing several historical books on WW2 subjects, the most famous being "The Great Escape" filmed in 1963 (The Great Escape (1963)) with Steve McQueen. Brickhill himself was a prisoner of the camp in question, Stalag Luft III, and participated in what was to be the most famous prison break in World War II.

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