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Horton Foote

Highest Rated: 100% The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

Lowest Rated: 14% Main Street (2011)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

Often citied as one of America's most beloved dramatists, Horton Foote has shown an unmatched ability to capture the very essence of small-town life, a talent that has become the life-blood of his career since its earliest days. From his Oscar-winning and unforgettably moving adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) to such introspective original works as Tender Mercies (1983) and The Trip to Bountiful (1985), Foote had a way of crafting characters who speak directly to the soul with honesty and sincerity. Born in Wharton, TX, Foote left home at the age of 16 to study acting. Realizing that he would likely have to relocate to the West Coast, he gained experience at the Pasadena Playhouse in California and later in New York, though the good roles still eluded him. Foote's solution to this dilemma was to write them for himself, and the actor soon discovered his true talent as a writer. His work for the stage quickly led to work in television drama, and, before he knew it, he was writing for such respected programs as Playhouse 90 and Studio One during television's Golden Age. His plays The Chase and The Trip to Bountiful proved that his unique style of small-town drama was equally effective on the stage or screen. Foote's career eventually led him to Hollywood, where his screenplays for Storm Fear (1955) and To Kill a Mockingbird began to attract serious attention. In 1966, Foote's play The Chase was adapted into a feature film starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, and Angie Dickinson. Foote worked sporadically through the 1960s and '70s, and, in 1983, he re-teamed with To Kill a Mockingbird actor Robert Duvall for the affecting drama Tender Mercies. Not only was the film a critical success, but it also earned Academy Awards for both its star and screenwriter. The Trip to Bountiful was adapted for the screen two years later, and found actress Geraldine Page cast in the role of an aging mother desperate to revisit the town where she grew up (which was based on Foote's hometown). Many of the writer's plays were adapted to the screen throughout the 1980s, and, in 1992, Foote adapted John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men for stars Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. As the '90s progressed, Foote worked frequently in television on such efforts as Lily Dale (1996), Old Man (1997), and Alone (also 1997).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Trip to Bountiful Screenwriter 2014
14% Main Street Actor $2.1K 2011
No Score Yet Alone Screenwriter 1998
No Score Yet William Faulkner's 'Old Man' Screenwriter 1997
No Score Yet Horton Foote's Alone Screenwriter 1997
97% Of Mice and Men Screenwriter 1992
77% Map of the Human Heart Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet The Habitation of Dragons Screenwriter Billy Dalton 1992
No Score Yet Convicts Producer Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet Blood Red Actor 1988
No Score Yet Courtship Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet On Valentine's Day Steve Tyler Screenwriter 1986
100% The Trip to Bountiful Screenwriter Producer Executive Producer 1985
No Score Yet 1918 Jessie Screenwriter 1985
83% Tender Mercies Screenwriter Producer 1983
No Score Yet American Short Story Screenwriter 1977
60% Tomorrow Screenwriter 1972
22% Hurry Sundown Screenwriter 1967
60% Baby, the Rain Must Fall Screenwriter 1965
92% To Kill A Mockingbird Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet Storm Fear Screenwriter 1955


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