Screenwriter Profile: Paddy Chayefsky

The Writer:

Paddy Chayefsky is one of those names that every writer should know. A top writer from the early days of television, late in his career Chayefsky scribed the cynical masterpiece, Network. Other highlights from his illustrious career include Marty and his work on Goodyear Playhouse. He remains the only person to hold three individual Academy Awards for writing — other writers who have won three all wrote with partners (Billy Wilder, Francis Ford Coppola. and Charles Brackett).

Credits:

Ein Zug nach Manhattan (TV movie) (story) – 1981

Altered States (as Sidney Aaron / novel) – 1980

Network (by) – 1976

O Grande Negócio (TV movie) (play) – 1973

Il grosso affare (TV movie) (story) – 1971

Hallmark Hall of Fame (TV series) – 1971

Mitten in der Nacht (TV movie) (play) – 1971

Das große Projekt (TV movie) (novel) – 1971

Paint Your Wagon (adaptation) – 1969

Teatterituokio (TV series) – 1969

Der zehnte Mann (TV movie) (play “The Tenth Man”) – 1968

Iso keikka (TV movie) (play “The Big Deal”) – 1966

Gran teatro (TV series) – 1964

The Americanization of Emily (screenplay) – 1964

Veliki poduhvat (TV movie) – 1960

Middle of the Night (play / screenplay) – 1959

The Goddess (writer) -1958

Mati (TV movie) – 1958

The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV series) – 1957

The Bachelor Party (screenplay / story “The Bachelor Party”) – 1957

The Catered Affair (teleplay) – 1956

TV de Vanguarda (TV series) – 1956

The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV series) – 1949-1955

Goodyear Playhouse (TV series) – 1952-1955

Marty (earlier teleplay – uncredited / story and screenplay) – 1955

The Gulf Playhouse (TV series) – 1953

As Young as You Feel (story) – 1951

The True Glory (documentary) – 1945

Quotes:

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.’

In spite of everything, screenwriting is better than threading pipe.

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  1. I didn’t know Network was near the end of his career. Network is one of my faaaaaavvvvvoooorrriiiiittteee movies. I should watch more of those early sponsored TV shows like “The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse” and the “Trojan Magnum PI Hawaii Hour.” My early TV education is spotty at best.

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