Alvin Sargent

Alvin Sargent

Highest Rated: 92% Paper Moon (1973)

Lowest Rated: 31% Other People's Money (1991)

Birthday: Apr 12, 1927

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia-born Alvin Sargent was in his mid-30s when he began his career as a screenwriter. He honed his craft penning teleplays for such early 1960s series as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." "Naked City," "Route 66" and "Ben Casey." Segueing to features in 1966, he shared screen credit on the Shirley MacLaine-Michael Caine vehicle "Gambit." Sargent went on to distinguish himself as a fine adapter of literary material. While his produced oeuvre is not terribly prolific, it has yielded a number of gems and the screenwriter has proven effective at finding a visual equivalent for the written word. Sargent received solo credit on "The Sterile Cuckoo" (1969) which provided a meaty role for Liza Minnelli and earned his first Academy Award nomination for "Paper Moon" (1973), his fine rendering of Joe David Brown's novel "Addie Pray." While he faltered with the race car romance "Bobby Deerfield" (1977), he took home an Oscar for his lyrical script to "Julia" (also 1977), adapted from Lillian Hellman's memoirs. Sargent won a deserved second statuette from the Academy for his fine rendering of "Ordinary People" (1980), drawn from Judith Guest's novel. He went on to share screen credit on the courtroom drama "Nuts" (1987) and the older woman-younger man romance "White Palace" (1990). For director Norman Jewison, Sargent scripted the slick screen version of Jerry Sterner's hit Off-Broadway play "Other People's Money" (1991) but stumbled with the screenplay for the fantasy "Bogus" (1996), also for Jewison. Three years later, he penned the screenplay adaptation for "Anywhere But Here." After cowriting the Diane Lane-led thriller "Unfaithful" (2002), Sargent began a lengthy association with comic book hero Spider-Man, starting with an uncredited draft of Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" (2002), followed by 2004's "Spider-Man 2" and 2007's "Spider-Man 3." Sargent largely retired after the reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012), though he received posthumous credit with Jordan Peele on the thriller "Miami Heist" (2020). Alvin Sargent died on May 9, 2019 at the age of 92.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
72% 77% The Amazing Spider-Man Screenwriter $262M 2012
63% 51% Spider-Man 3 Writer $336.5M 2007
50% 68% Unfaithful Screenwriter $52.8M 2002
64% 55% Anywhere but Here Writer (Screenplay) $18.7M 1999
31% 46% Other People's Money Screenwriter $24.2M 1991
84% 79% What About Bob? Writer (Story) $63.5M 1991
52% 62% White Palace Screenwriter $16.9M 1990
80% 72% Dominick and Eugene Writer $843.9K 1988
33% 71% Nuts Screenwriter $29.5M 1987
89% 88% Ordinary People Screenwriter - 1980
75% 83% Straight Time Writer (Story) - 1978
92% 94% Paper Moon Writer - 1973
75% 83% The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Screenwriter - 1973
88% 64% The Sterile Cuckoo Screenwriter - 1969

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Moon Writer 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Writer 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Writer 1962

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