Anthony Shaffer

Lowest Rated: 0% The Sting II (1983)
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A former barrister-cum-dramatist well known for such successful thrillers as Sleuth and Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, writer Anthony Shaffer penned numerous works over his fruitful career, though it was Sleuth that proved to be Shaffer's most enduring work among fans. The British-born writer worked briefly as an advertising copywriter early in his career, before hitting the jackpot with his first major play, Sleuth, which ran for an incredible eight years (2,359 performances) in London's West End before relocating to Broadway for another 2,000 performances and a Tony for Best Play. Later transferred to celluloid and starring Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier, it was once said to Shaffer that Sleuth was being performed somewhere in the world every day since he wrote it. Embracing the success as both a blessing and a curse, Shaffer also penned the popular cult thriller The Wicker Man in 1973. Adapting Agatha Christie for the big screen, Shaffer wrote the screenplays for both Death on the Nile (1978) and Evil Under the Sun (1982), in addition to his uncredited work on Murder on the Orient Express (1974). His twin brother, Peter, also a playwright, penned Black Comedy and Equus. On November 6, 2001, Anthony Shaffer died of a heart attack in his London home. He was 75.

Highest Rated Movies



100% The Wicker Man - Final Cut Screenwriter $58.8K 2013
84% Dirty Wars Actor $0.4M 2013
15% The Wicker Man Screenwriter $23.7M 2006
62% Sommersby Screenwriter 1993
No Score Yet Appointment with Death Screenwriter 1988
0% The Sting II Screenwriter 1983
86% Evil Under the Sun Screenwriter 1982
No Score Yet Rough Cut Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet Absolution Screenwriter 1979
75% Death on the Nile Screenwriter 1978
88% The Wicker Man Screenwriter 1973
87% Frenzy Screenwriter 1972
96% Sleuth Screenwriter 1972


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