Paddy Chayefsky

Sidney Aaron

Highest Rated: 100% The Hospital (1971)

Lowest Rated: 84% Altered States (1980)

Birthday: Jan 29, 1923

Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

Arguably the most influential writer to emerge from the Golden Age of television, screenwriter and playwright Paddy Chayefsky demonstrated an informed respect for common people and their everyday problems in a social realism that proved ideal for the new medium. But ultimately it was his scathing satirical bite demonstrated in "The Hospital" (1971) and "Network" (1976) that he was best remembered, for which he harnessed his righteous anger in skewing medicine and network television. Before those two Oscar-winning films, however, Chayefsky made his name in writing the famed kitchen sink television play, "Marty" (1953), which he adapted into an acclaimed award-winning film starring Ernest Borgnine two years later. After "The Bachelor Party" (1957) and "The Goddess" (1958), he wrote the semi-satirical black comedy "The Americanization of Emily" (1964) and the musical comedy-Western "Paint Your Wagon" (1969). Chayefsky turned his deep-rooted ire toward societal ills that were becoming more apparent during the counterculture, leading to writing "The Hospital" and "Network." Whether writing the social realism of "Marty" or the scathing satires of the 1970s, Chayefsky was that rare writer able to possess tremendous name recognition and artistic control in a medium dominated by directors.




84% 71% Altered States Writer (Novel) - 1980
91% 93% Network Writer - 1976
100% 73% The Hospital Writer - 1971
No Score Yet 38% The Bachelor Party Screenwriter - 1957
98% 87% Marty Writer (Screenplay),
Writer (Story),
Associate Producer
- 1955


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