Paddy Chayefsky (1923–1981)


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Author, producer, and composer who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from CCNY, then a Purple Heart during World War II while serving in the US Army. Joining ASCAP in 1955, his chief musical collaborators included George Bassman and Harry Warren. His popular-song compositions include "Marty" and "Middle of the Night". See full bio »

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Won 3 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Network Writer
(1976)
(1980)
Marty Writer
(1955)
The Hospital Writer
(1971)

Filmography

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  Welcome to the Basement (TV Series) (screenplay - 2 episodes, 2012 - 2016) (story - 1 episode, 2016) (novel - 1 episode, 2014) (written for the screen by - 1 episode, 2014)
- Marty (2016) ... (screenplay) / (story)
- Altered States (2014) ... (novel) / (written for the screen by - as Sidney Aaron)
- Paint Your Wagon (2012) ... (screenplay)
 1994 Great Performances (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Paddy Chayefsky's 'The Mother' (1994) ... (writer)
 1981 Ein Zug nach Manhattan (TV Movie) (story "Holiday Song")
 1980 Altered States (novel) / (written for the screen by - as Sidney Aaron)
 1978 Die Mutter (novel)
 1976 Network (by)
 1976 Your Place or Mine? (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay)
 1974 A nagy üzlet (TV Movie)
 1973 The Way We Were (uncredited)
 1973 O Grande Negócio (TV Movie) (play)
 1971 The Hospital (by)
 1971 La madre (TV Movie) (play)
 1971 Il grosso affare (TV Movie) (story)
 1971 Gideon (TV Movie) (play) / (writer)
 1971 Mitten in der Nacht (TV Movie) (play)
 1971 Das große Projekt (TV Movie) (novel)
 1969 Paint Your Wagon (adaptation)
 1969 Teatterituokio (TV Series) (television play "The Mother" - 1 episode)
- Äiti (1969) ... (television play "The Mother")
 1968 Der zehnte Mann (TV Movie) (play "The Tenth Man")
 1966 Iso keikka (TV Movie) (play "The Big Deal")
 1966 Gideon (TV Movie) (play)
  Gran teatro (TV Series) (2 episodes, 1964) (play 'The Bachelor Party' - 1 episode, 1964)
- El Impresor (1964)
- El gran negocio (1964)
- Despedida de soltero (1964) ... (play 'The Bachelor Party')
 1964 The Americanization of Emily (screenplay)
 1960 Veliki poduhvat (TV Movie)
 1959 Middle of the Night (play) / (screenplay)
 1959 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1958 Mati (TV Movie)
 1958 The Goddess (written by)
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Great American Hoax (1957) ... (story)
 1957 The Bachelor Party (screenplay) / (story "The Bachelor Party")
 1957 Teledrama (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Mãe (1957) ... (play)
 1956 The Catered Affair (play)
 1956 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- Despedida de Solteiro (1956) ... (play)
- Canção Sagrada (1956) ... (play)
 1952-1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Catered Affair (1955) ... (writer)
- Printer's Measure (1953) ... (writer)
- Holiday Song (1952) ... (writer)
 1955 Marty (screenplay) / (story)
  The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 12 episodes, 1949 - 1954) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1953) (story - 1 episode, 1949)
- Catch My Boy on Sunday (1954) ... (writer)
- Middle of the Night (1954) ... (writer)
- The Mother (1954) ... (writer)
- The Sixth Year (1953) ... (teleplay) / (writer)
- The Bachelor Party (1953) ... (writer)
 1953 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Gift from Cotton Mather (1953) ... (writer)
 1951 As Young as You Feel (story)
 1945 The True Glory (Documentary) (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote "The Catered Affair". NOTE: Filmed as The Catered Affair (1956), Goodyear Playhouse: The Catered Affair (1955). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sidney Aaron | Paddy Chayevsky

Spouse:

Susan Sackler  (his death)  (1 child)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Network (1976)] Television is democracy at its ugliest - give the people what they want. My rage isn't against television; it's against the dehumanization of people. People say to me, 'Jesus, you moved into some pretty surreal stuff', and I say 'No, I still write realistic stuff. It's the world that's turned into a satire.' See more »

Trivia:

Sidney Aaron Chayefsky received his more familiar nickname of Paddy while in the army during World War II. One Friday night, pork was being served in the mess hall. Rather than eat food forbidden him as an orthodox Jew, he said, in a put-on Irish brogue, that he was forbidden from eating meat on a Friday. His fellow soldiers, amused by this, started calling him Paddy, and the nickname stuck. See more »

Trademark:

Complex plot progression

Nickname:

Pappy

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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