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August Wilson (I) (1945–2005)


August Wilson once dropped out of school, disillusioned after having been unjustly accused of plagiarism by a racist instructor who could not fathom the artistic and intellectual genius of a then young Black male writer. Wilson was not disillusioned forever. Having now completed a decade by decade cycle of seven plays that illustrate the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Fences
Fences Writer
(2016)
The Piano Lesson
(1995)
Fences
Fences Writer
(2012)
The Naked Proof
The Naked Proof Narrator
(2003)

Filmography

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 2016 Fences (based upon his play "Fences") / (screenplay by)
 2012 Fences (Video) (Author)
 1995 The Piano Lesson (TV Movie) (play) / (teleplay)
Hide Hide Show Show Actor (1 credit)
 2003 The Naked Proof
Narrator
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 1995 The Piano Lesson (TV Movie) (producer)
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 2002 60 Minutes (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Playwright (segment "August Wilson")
- Hamas/August Wilson/The FBI's Dirty Little Secret (2002) ... Himself - Playwright (segment "August Wilson")
 2001 The 55th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Nominee & Presenter
 1987-2001 Working in the Theatre (TV Series documentary)
Himself
- Playwright & Director (1987) ... Himself
 1998 Charlie Rose (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Episode dated 25 February 1998 (1998) ... Himself - Guest
 1992 Literary Visions (TV Series documentary)
Himself
 1990 Ebony/Jet Showcase (TV Series)
Himself
- Episode dated 23 November 1990 (1990) ... Himself
 1989 The 43rd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Presenter
 1987 The 41st Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Winner
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 2015 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Himself
 2002 60 Minutes (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Playwright (segment "August Wilson")
- Murder in the Second Degree/There's No Business Like Shoe Business/August Wilson (2002) ... Himself - Playwright (segment "August Wilson")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His final play, "How I Learned What I Learned," was performed at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Eugene Lee (August Wilson) in the cast. Todd Kreidler was director and adapter. See more »

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Personal Quote:

Having moved from Pittsburgh to St. Paul, I felt I could hear voices for the first time accurately.

Trivia:

His play, "Jitney," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 2000 Back Stage Garland Award for Production. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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