Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal

Highest Rated: 97% Bob Roberts (1992)

Lowest Rated: 0% Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

Birthday: Oct 3, 1925

Birthplace: Not Available

The grandson of Oklahoma senator Thomas P. Gore, Gore Vidal led a privileged, sheltered childhood. Often tiring of the expensive creature comforts surrounding him, Vidal spent much of his spare time at the movies. "As I now move...toward the door marked Exit," he mused late in life, "it occurs to me that the only thing I ever really liked to do was go to the movies. Sex and art always took precedence over the cinema. Unfortunately, neither ever proved to be as dependable as the filtering of present light through that moving strip of celluloid which projects past images and voices onto a screen." Vidal continued to feel this way all through Phillips Exeter Academy, and even after his World War II experiences, which planted the first seeds of doubt as to whether those images on screen were reflecting anything resembling real life. In 1946, Vidal published Willawan, the first of many novels. During the 1950s, he wrote several live television plays, many of which were later transformed into movies: The Death of Billy the Kid was cinematized as The Left Handed Gun (1958) (and, over three decades later, as the made-for-TV Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid), while Visit to a Small Planet, after being adapted for Broadway, served as the basis for a 1960 Jerry Lewis vehicle of the same name. A political animal all his life by right of birth (he has twice run for congress), Vidal channeled much of his insider's information into his 1959 play The Best Man, wherein an Adlai Stevenson type is challenged by a Richard Nixon type. In 1964 The Best Man was the first of Vidal's plays to be adapted for the screen by the author himself; Frank Capra had wanted to option the piece, but couldn't console himself with the fact that all of Vidal's characters were atheist. One of Vidal's favorite games over the past 35 years has been to challenge the homophobic mind-set of Hollywood. His screenplay for the 1959 film version of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer was the most overt example of out-of-the-closet cinema of the fifties, while his contributions to the screenplay of Ben Hur (1959) were intended to suggest that Judah Ben Hur and Messala enjoyed more than just a warm friendship (Ben Hur star Charlton Heston bristles to this day over Vidal's claiming responsibility for the tone and texture of the screenplay; Heston insists that director William Wyler rejected Vidal's script suggestions after a single cold reading). In his 1968 novel Myra Breckenridge, Vidal managed to weave both his undying passion for films and his fascination with same-sex relationships within the framework of an outrageous storyline (Vidal had nothing to do with the wretched 1970 film version of Myra Breckenridge). Thanks to his erudite TV talk-show appearances in the 1960s and 1970s, Vidal has joined that special fraternity known as the celebrity novelist. He has acted in three films, playing himself in Fellini's Roma (1972) and extensions of himself in Bob Roberts (1993) and With Honors (1994). In 1997, he starred in the futuristic fantasy Gattaca. Remaining an indefatigable writer and essayist into the 1990s, Vidal has reiterated his love affair with movies on several occasions, notably in his 1992 volume Screening History and as contributor to Past Imperfect (1995), a book about Hollywood's slant on historical facts.

Highest Rated Movies



93% Best Of Enemies Actor $0.9M 2015
78% The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument Actor 2014
83% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia Actor $0.2M 2014
36% Salinger Actor $0.6M 2013
No Score Yet Valentino's Ghost Actor 2013
No Score Yet Norman Mailer: The American Actor 2012
No Score Yet Paul Bowles: The Cage Door Is Always Open Actor 2012
No Score Yet Gore Vidal: The Man Who Said No Actor 2012
60% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel Actor $22.4K 2010
No Score Yet Standing Army Actor 2010
27% Shrink George Charles $93.8K 2009
92% Obscene Actor 2008
No Score Yet Zero: An Investigation Into 9/11 Actor 2008
No Score Yet Murder, Spies and Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story Actor 2008
No Score Yet Global Haywire Actor 2008
No Score Yet Terrorstorm: 2nd Edition Actor 2007
77% The U.S. vs. John Lennon Actor $1.1M 2006
No Score Yet Global Haywire Actor 2006
No Score Yet Lincoln Actor 2006
79% Why We Fight Actor $1.9M 2006
82% One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern Actor 2005
82% Inside Deep Throat Actor $0.5M 2005
No Score Yet Lincoln Actor 2005
No Score Yet Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She Narrator 2005
No Score Yet High Tech Lincoln Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Peace! DVD Actor 2003
No Score Yet American Masters Himself 2003
No Score Yet Gore Vidal's American Presidency Host 1999
83% Gattaca Director Joseph 1997
0% Shadow Conspiracy Congressman Page 1997
96% The Celluloid Closet Interviewee 1996
17% With Honors Pitkannan 1994
97% Bob Roberts Sen. Brickley Paiste 1992
No Score Yet Billy The Kid (Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid) Screenwriter Actor 1989
11% The Sicilian Screenwriter 1987
75% Sweet Liberty Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet Dress Gray Screenwriter 1986
23% Caligula Screenwriter 1979
71% Fellini's Roma Himself - Interviewé 1972
29% Myra Breckinridge Screenwriter 1970
71% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?) Screenwriter 1966
No Score Yet The Best Man Screenwriter 1964
65% Suddenly, Last Summer Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet The Scapegoat Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet I Accuse! Screenwriter 1958
17% The Catered Affair Screenwriter 1956


No Score Yet American Masters
Appearing 2019
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
Panelist Appearing 2009
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
Guest 2007
71% Family Guy
Voice 2006
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2006
87% Jack & Bobby
Documentary Host 2005
92% Da Ali G Show
Guest 2004


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