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Ernest Thompson

Highest Rated: 93% On Golden Pond (1981)

Lowest Rated: 50% Sweet Hearts Dance (1988)

Birthday: Nov 6, 1949

Birthplace: Not Available

As a writer, director, and actor, Ernest Thompson has had a varied career despite his relative obscurity. Born in Vermont, he started out as a playwright, stage actor, and theatrical director. In the '70s, he made the switch to television with the soap opera Somerset, the Yosemite park ranger show Sierra, and the medical drama West Side Medical. However, his major accomplishment was as a writer, adapting his original play On Golden Pond for the screen. Starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, the family drama was a huge hit in 1981, winning Thompson Best Screenplay awards from the Academy, Golden Globes, and Writers Guild of America. Later in the '80s, he wrote the drama Sweet Hearts Dance, directed by Robert Greenwald and starring Susan Sarandon and Don Johnson. He made his directorial debut in 1989 with 1969, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Winona Ryder. During the '90s, he stuck with writing and directing made-for-TV movies with Take Me Home Again, The West Side Waltz, and Out of Time. In 2001, he directed his own TV version of On Golden Pond, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Friction Terry Plant 2010
No Score Yet Out of Time Director Screenwriter 2000
75% Next Stop Wonderland Nathan 1998
No Score Yet The West Side Waltz Actor Director 1995
No Score Yet The Lies Boys Tell Actor 1994
50% Sweet Hearts Dance Screenwriter 1988
55% 1969 Screenwriter 1988
83% Star 80 Phil Wass 1983
93% On Golden Pond Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet The Last of the Belles Actor 1974
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles' Earl Shoen 1974


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