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W.R. Burnett (1899–1982)

One of the most influential writers in screen history, W. R. Burnett has contributed countless classic moments in cinema. Born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1899. By the time he left in 1927, he'd written over a hundred short stories and five novels, all unpublished. At 28, he left a civil service job he'd held for years and moved to Chicago where he ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

The Great Escape
(1963)
Wake Island
Wake Island Writer
(1942)
High Sierra
High Sierra Writer
(1941)
Scarface
Scarface Writer
(1932)

Filmography

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 1972 Cool Breeze (novel "The Asphalt Jungle")
 1969 Stiletto (uncredited)
 1968 Ice Station Zebra (uncredited)
 1968 Bonanza (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Stronghold (1968) ... (written by)
 1967 The Virginian (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Fortress (1967) ... (story)
 1967 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hell Cats (1967) ... (writer)
 1967 The Jackals (story)
 1965 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- Manhunt (1965) ... (adaptation)
 1963 4 for Texas (uncredited)
 1963 The Great Escape (screenplay)
 1963 Cairo (novel)
 1962 Sergeants 3 (written by)
 1961 The Lawbreakers (written by)
  The Asphalt Jungle (TV Series) (series based on the story - 11 episodes, 1961) (series based on the story by - 2 episodes, 1961) (story and teleplay - 1 episode, 1961)
- The Scott Machine (1961) ... (series based on the story)
- The Dark Night (1961) ... (series based on the story)
- The Kidnapping (1961) ... (series based on the story)
- The Fighter (1961) ... (series based on the story)
- The Professor (1961) ... (series based on the story by)
 1960 Naked City (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Debt of Honor (1960) ... (writer)
 1960 September Storm (screenplay)
  The Untouchables (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1960) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1960)
- The Big Squeeze (1960) ... (story) / (teleplay)
  77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode, 1959) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1959)
- Thanks for Tomorrow (1959) ... (novel) / (teleplay)
 1959 The Hangman (uncredited)
 1958 The Badlanders (novel)
 1957 Short Cut to Hell (originally uncredited - 1942 screenplay This Gun for Hire)
 1956 Accused of Murder (novel "Vanity Row") / (screenplay)
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series) (original - 1 episode)
- Deadline (1956) ... (original)
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Rookie of the Year (1955) ... (story)
 1955 I Died a Thousand Times (novel "High Sierra" - uncredited) / (written by)
 1955 Illegal (screenplay)
 1955 Captain Lightfoot (screenplay by) / (story and adaptation by)
 1954 Night People (uncredited)
 1954 Dangerous Mission (screen play)
 1953 Arrowhead (novel "Adobe Walls")
 1953 Law and Order (novel "Saint Johnson" - as William R. Burnett)
 1952 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Little Man, Big World (1952) ... (story)
 1951 The Racket (screenplay)
 1951 Iron Man (novel)
 1950 Vendetta
 1950 Danger (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dressing Up (1950) ... (writer)
 1950 The Asphalt Jungle (from a novel by)
 1949 Colorado Territory (novel "High Sierra" - uncredited)
 1949 Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Whole Town's Talking (1949) ... (story)
 1948 Yellow Sky (story)
 1948 Belle Starr's Daughter (original screenplay)
 1947 The Man I Love (uncredited)
 1946 Nobody Lives Forever (novel "I Wasn't Born Yesterday" - uncredited) / (original screenplay)
 1945 San Antonio (screenplay)
 1943 Background to Danger (screenplay)
 1943 Action in the North Atlantic (additional dialogue)
 1943 Crash Dive (original story)
 1942 Wake Island (screenplay) / (story - uncredited)
 1942 This Gun for Hire (screen play)
 1941 Dance Hall (novel "Giant Swing")
 1941 The Getaway (screenplay)
 1941 High Sierra (from a novel by) / (screen play)
 1940 Law and Order (novel "Saint Johnson")
 1940 The Westerner (uncredited)
 1940 Dark Command (novel)
 1939 King of the Underworld (adapted from a story by)
 1937 Some Blondes Are Dangerous (novel "Iron Man")
 1937 Wine, Women and Horses (novel "Dark Hazard" - uncredited)
 1937 Wild West Days (novel "Saint Johnson")
 1936 36 Hours to Kill (based on a story by)
 1935 Dr. Socrates (story)
 1935 The Whole Town's Talking (story)
 1934 Dark Hazard (novel)
 1932 Scarface (continuity) / (dialogue)
 1932 Law and Order (novel "Saint Johnson" - as William R. Burnett)
 1932 The Beast of the City (story)
 1931 Iron Man (story - as William R. Burnett)
 1931 The Finger Points (by)
 1931 Little Caesar (novel)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "Vanity Row". NOTE: Filmed as Accused of Murder (1956). See more »

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Alternate Names:

William R. Burnett | James Updyke
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Nickname:

John Monahan

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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