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James Lee Barrett

Highest Rated: 100% Shenandoah (1965)

Lowest Rated: 23% The Green Berets (1968)

Birthday: Nov 19, 1929

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

This prolific film and TV writer's work often reflected his Southern roots and salt-of-the earth American values. Barrett received his greatest recognition for "Shenandoah," the story of a Virginian family trying to stay out of the fighting during the Civil War. First presented as a 1965 feature film starring James Stewart, the story provided the basis for a Broadway musical starring John Cullum in 1974. Barrett won a Tony Award for the book of the latter. He began writing after a stint in the Marine Corps, selling his first teleplay, "The Awakening Land," a story of an independent pioneer woman, to producer Stanley Kramer. His first produced screenplay, "The D.I.," starred Jack Webb and focused on Marine basic training. In 1965, besides "Shenendoah," Barrett received credit for scripting "The Greatest Story Ever Told" for director George Stevens in which John Wayne played a Roman centurion supervising the crucifixion of Christ. Wayne subsequently hired Barrett to write the 1968 feature "The Green Berets," a salute to the elite forces in Vietnam. James Stewart again performed Barrett's dialogue in light western "The Cheyenne Social Club" (1970) and Burt Reynolds did the same for the raucous hit "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977).

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Warden of Red Rock Writer - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ruby Jean and Joe Writer - 1996
No Score Yet 52% April Morning Screenwriter - 1988
No Score Yet 65% The Quick and the Dead Screenwriter - 1987
No Score Yet 42% Stagecoach Screenwriter - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Belle Starr Screenwriter - 1980
No Score Yet 60% Wild Horse Hank Screenwriter - 1979
80% 85% Smokey and the Bandit Writer - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fool's Parade Sonny Boy (Character),
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1971
No Score Yet 59% ... Tick... Tick... Tick... Producer - 1970
No Score Yet 68% The Cheyenne Social Club Executive Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1970
29% 66% The Undefeated Screenwriter - 1969
23% 61% The Green Berets Writer - 1968
100% 79% Shenandoah Screenwriter - 1965
41% 64% The Greatest Story Ever Told Screenwriter - 1965

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