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Hugh Leonard (1926–2009)

Hugh Leonard was born on November 9, 1926 in Dublin, Ireland as John Joseph Byrne. He is known for his work on Da (1988), Maupassant (1963) and Widows' Peak (1994). He was married to Kathy Bateson and Paule Jacquet. He died on February 12, 2009 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland. See full bio »

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Known For

Da Writer
(1988)
Maupassant Writer
(1963)
Widows' Peak Writer
(1994)
Interlude Writer
(1968)

Filmography

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 2007 Heaven (TV Movie) (written by)
 1994 Widows' Peak (screenplay) / (story)
 1993 Alleyn Mysteries (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- Final Curtain (1993) ... (screenplay)
 1991 Parnell & the Englishwoman (TV Mini-Series) (screenplay - 4 episodes)
- The Reckoning (1991) ... (screenplay)
- The Libel (1991) ... (screenplay)
- The Outrage (1991) ... (screenplay)
- The Meeting (1991) ... (screenplay)
 1989 Storyboard (TV Series) (by - 1 episode)
- Hunted Down (1989) ... (by)
 1988 Da (play "Da" and novel "Home Before Night") / (screenplay)
 1985 The Irish R.M. (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Devil You Know (1985) ... (writer)
- The Muse in Skebawn (1985) ... (writer)
 1984 A Life (TV Movie) (written by)
 1983 Good Behaviour (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1983)
- Episode #1.2 (1983)
- Episode #1.1 (1983)
 1981 The Little World of Don Camillo (TV Series) (writer - 12 episodes)
- Part 12 (1981) ... (writer)
- Part 11 (1981) ... (writer)
- Part 10 (1981) ... (writer)
- Part 9 (1981) ... (writer)
- Part 8 (1981) ... (writer)
 1980 Strumpet City (TV Mini-Series) (adaptation - 7 episodes)
- Episode #1.7 (1980) ... (adaptation)
- Episode #1.6 (1980) ... (adaptation)
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... (adaptation)
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... (adaptation)
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... (adaptation)
 1978 Wuthering Heights (TV Mini-Series) (dramatisation - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.5 (1978) ... (dramatisation)
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... (dramatisation)
 1977 London Belongs to Me (TV Series) (writer - 7 episodes)
- Episode #1.7 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.6 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.5 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... (writer)
 1977 Nicholas Nickleby (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.5 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... (writer)
 1977 The Lively Arts (TV Series documentary) (adaptations - 1 episode)
- A Portrait of Sean O'Faolain (1977) ... (adaptations)
  Father Brown (TV Series) (1 episode, 1974) (adaptation - 6 episodes, 1974)
- The Quick One (1974) ... (adaptation)
- The Actor and the Alibi (1974) ... (adaptation)
- The Three Tools of Death (1974) ... (adaptation)
- The Eye of Apollo (1974) ... (adaptation)
  Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode, 1964) (writer - 6 episodes, 1962 - 1974)
- The Virgins (1974) ... (writer)
- Love Life (1967) ... (writer)
- Great Big Blonde (1966) ... (writer)
- I Loved You Last Summer (1965) ... (writer)
- Realm of Error (1964)
 1973 Fine Girl You Are (TV Movie) (adapted by)
 1973 Black and Blue (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- High Kampf (1973) ... (writer)
 1973 7 of 1 (TV Series) (by - 1 episode)
- Another Fine Mess (1973) ... (by)
 1972-1973 Country Matters (TV Series) (adaptation - 5 episodes)
- The Four Beauties (1973) ... (adaptation)
- The Higgler (1973) ... (adaptation)
- The Little Farm (1973) ... (adaptation)
- The Watercress Girl (1972) ... (adaptation)
- The Sullens Sisters (1972) ... (adaptation)
 1972 Our Miss Fred (screenplay)
 1972 Tales from the Lazy Acre (TV Series) (written by - 7 episodes)
- The Travelling Woman (1972) ... (written by)
- The Culchie (1972) ... (written by)
- The Last Great Pint-Drinking Tournament (1972) ... (written by)
- The Bitter Pill (1972) ... (written by)
- Stone Cold Sober (1972) ... (written by)
 1972 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- Stephen D (1972) ... (adaptation)
 1972 The Moonstone (TV Series) (dramatisation - 5 episodes)
- Episode #1.5 (1972) ... (dramatisation)
- Episode #1.4 (1972) ... (dramatisation)
- Episode #1.3 (1972) ... (dramatisation)
- Episode #1.2 (1972) ... (dramatisation)
- Episode #1.1 (1972) ... (dramatisation)
  The Sinners (TV Series) (1 episode, 1971) (adapted by - 3 episodes, 1970)
- Legal Aid (1971)
- The Mad Lomasneys (1970) ... (adapted by)
- The Man Who Invented Sin (1970) ... (adapted by)
- Mother Matilda's Book (1970) ... (adapted by)
 1968-1971 Me Mammy (TV Series) (writer - 21 episodes)
- How to be a Mammy in Law (1971) ... (writer)
- The Mammy Murder Case (1971) ... (writer)
- The Sacred Chemise of Miss Argyll (1971) ... (writer)
- The Day I Went Commercial (1971) ... (writer)
- The Day I Got Engaged (1971) ... (writer)
  ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1971) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1971)
- Pandora (1971) ... (writer)
- The Dead (1971) ... (adaptation)
 1971 Shadows of Fear (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- White Walls and Olive Green Carpets (1971) ... (writer)
 1971 Percy (screenplay)
 1971 Six Dates with Barker (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 1937: The Removals Person (1971) ... (writer)
 1970 Sentimental Education (TV Mini-Series) (adaptation - 4 episodes)
- Last Love (1970) ... (adaptation)
- The Philanderer (1970) ... (adaptation)
- The Red Rose and the White (1970) ... (adaptation)
- A Start to Loving (1970) ... (adaptation)
 1969-1970 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series) (dramatisation - 2 episodes)
- Jane (1970) ... (dramatisation)
- P. and O. (1969) ... (dramatisation)
 1969 Dombey and Son (TV Mini-Series) (adaptation - 13 episodes)
- Dombey and Daughter (1969) ... (adaptation)
- Vengeance (1969) ... (adaptation)
- The Survivor (1969) ... (adaptation)
- Flight (1969) ... (adaptation)
- Mr. Dombey Rides for a Fall (1969) ... (adaptation)
 1968-1969 Detective (TV Series) (dramatisation - 2 episodes)
- Hunt the Peacock (1969) ... (dramatisation)
- A Man and His Mother-In-Law (1968) ... (dramatisation)
 1969 The Possessed (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- The Last Murder (1969) ... (writer)
- The Fire (1969) ... (writer)
- The Meeting (1969) ... (writer)
- The Convict (1969) ... (writer)
- The Cripple (1969) ... (writer)
 1968 Great Catherine (writer)
 1968 Sherlock Holmes (TV Series) (dramatisation - 3 episodes)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles: Part Two (1968) ... (dramatisation)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles: Part One (1968) ... (dramatisation)
- A Study in Scarlet (1968) ... (dramatisation)
 1968 The Jazz Age (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- The Assassin (1968) ... (adaptation)
 1964-1968 Love Story (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Egg on the Face of the Tiger (1968) ... (writer)
- Toccota for Toy Trumpet (1965) ... (writer)
- The Last of the English Visitors (1964) ... (writer)
 1968 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Me Mammy (1968) ... (writer)
 1968 Interlude (original screenplay)
 1968 Nicholas Nickleby (TV Mini-Series) (adaptation - 13 episodes)
- Smike's Father (1968) ... (adaptation)
- A Journey for Smike (1968) ... (adaptation)
- The Duel (1968) ... (adaptation)
- Madeline Bray (1968) ... (adaptation)
- Escape (1968) ... (adaptation)
  Late Night Horror (TV Series) (dramatised by - 1 episode, 1968) (writer - 1 episode, 1968)
- The Corpse Can't Play (1968) ... (dramatised by)
- No Such Thing as a Vampire (1968) ... (writer)
 1968 The Ronnie Barker Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Talk of Angels (1968) ... (writer)
 1968 Half Hour Story (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- A View from the Obelisk (1968) ... (writer)
- Do You Play Requests? (1968) ... (writer)
 1965-1967 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- A Time of Wolves and Tigers (1967) ... (writer)
 1967 Wuthering Heights (TV Series) (dramatised by - 4 episodes)
- The Last Revenge (1967) ... (dramatised by)
- The Abduction (1967) ... (dramatised by)
- The First Revenge (1967) ... (dramatised by)
- An End to Childhood (1967) ... (dramatised by)
 1967 Liebesgeschichten (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Das Schiff nach Valparaiso (1967) ... (play)
 1967 Great Expectations (TV Series) (teleplay - 10 episodes)
- Face to Face (1967) ... (teleplay)
- Retribution (1967) ... (teleplay)
- Estella's Father (1967) ... (teleplay)
- Pip's Benefactor (1967) ... (teleplay)
- Herbert's Warning (1967) ... (teleplay)
  Out of the Unknown (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1966) (writer - 1 episode, 1966)
- Satisfaction Guaranteed (1966) ... (adaptation)
- Second Childhood (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 The Informer (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Two for Joy (1966) ... (writer)
- One for Sorrow (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 Public Eye (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- It's a Terrible Way to Be (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 Thirteen Against Fate (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Judge (1966) ... (writer)
- The Lodger (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Retreat (1966) ... (writer)
- Silent Song (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 Peli-ilta (TV Movie) (play "The Poker Session")
  The Liars (TV Series) (9 episodes, 1966) (adaptation - 4 episodes, 1966)
- Episode #1.13 (1966)
- Episode #1.12 (1966)
- Episode #1.11 (1966)
- Episode #1.10 (1966)
- Episode #1.9 (1966)
 1965 Blackmail (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Red House (1965) ... (writer)
 1965 Undermind (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Death in England (1965) ... (written by)
  ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (adaptation - 5 episodes, 1962 - 1965) (additional scenes - 1 episode, 1961) (writer - 1 episode, 1960)
- Come Back Little Sheba (1965) ... (adaptation)
- Camino Real (1964) ... (adaptation)
- The Glass Menagerie (1964) ... (adaptation)
- The Rose Tattoo (1964) ... (adaptation)
- Misalliance (1962) ... (adaptation)
 1964 The Hidden Truth (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sweets to the Sweet (1964) ... (writer)
 1964 Triangle (TV Mini-Series) (7 episodes)
- The Dreamers (1964)
- How to Succeed (1964)
- Hang by the Neck (1964)
- Who Am I? (1964)
- The Conservatory (1964)
 1964 Story Parade (TV Series) (dramatized by - 1 episode)
- A Triple Irish (1964) ... (dramatized by)
 1964 First Night (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Second Wall (1964) ... (writer)
- My One True Love (1964) ... (writer)
 1963 Festival (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Stephen D (1963) ... (play)
  Maupassant (TV Series) (adaptation - 8 episodes, 1963) (story adaption - 1 episode, 1963) (script "A Family Business" - 1 episode, 1963)
- Consequences (1963) ... (adaptation)
- Fathers and Sons (1963) ... (adaptation)
- Bachelors (1963) ... (adaptation)
- Husbands and Wives (1963) ... (adaptation)
- The Inheritance (1963) ... (story adaption)
 1963 Jezebel ex UK (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bitter Lemon in Biscay (1963) ... (writer)
 1963 The Verdict Is Yours (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Regina v Curry (1963) ... (writer)
 1962 Saki (TV Mini-Series) (adaptation - 8 episodes)
- Episode #1.8 (1962) ... (adaptation)
- Episode #1.7 (1962) ... (adaptation)
- Episode #1.6 (1962) ... (adaptation)
- Episode #1.5 (1962) ... (adaptation)
- Episode #1.4 (1962) ... (adaptation)
 1961 Family Solicitor (TV Series) (1 episode)
- House in Order (1961)
 1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Walk on the Water (1961) ... (writer)
 1959 Broth of a Boy (original play)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His play, "Da," was performed at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Malachy McCourt, Sean McCourt, Joey Collins, James Knight, Russell Leib, Maeve McGuire, and Samanthan Soule in the cast. See more »

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Personal Quote:

Being an Irish writer both hampers and helps me. Hampers, because one is fighting the preconceptions of audiences who have been conditioned to expect feyness and parochial subject matter; helps, because the writer can utilise a vigorous and poetic idiom which enables him to combine subtlety with richness. See more »

Trivia:

He started using his pen name in the 1950s. At that time he worked in the civil service, and he wanted to hide his identity as an outspoken writer. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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