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Stirling Silliphant

Highest Rated:   100% Nightfall (1957)
Lowest Rated:   0% When Time Ran Out (1980)
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American screenwriter and producer Stirling Silliphant is best remembered for his Oscar-winning screenplay for In the Heat of the Night (1967), but during his career, he wrote or helped write over 200 scripts for films and even more television scripts. Other notable Silliphant scripts include Village of the Damned (1962), The Poseidan Adventure (1972), and The Towering Inferno (1974). In 1968, his script for Charly, the film adaptation for the play Flowers for Algernon, helped win Cliff Robertson his Best Actor Oscar. The Detroit native graduated from the University of California and in 1938 became a publicist for Disney and then moved to Twentieth Century Fox to become an assistant for president Spyros Skouras. Silliphant was in the military during WWII and afterward worked in a New York division of Fox. He did not return to Hollywood until the early '50s, after his first novel, Maracaibo, had become a best-seller. Silliphant performed his first duties as a producer for Universal's The Joe Louis Story. Frustrated by hold-ups on the script, Silliphant swore he could do better and decided that he too would become a scriptwriter. He started out in television writing scripts for series ranging from Route 66 to Alcoa Theatre to Perry Mason. He made his film-scriptwriting debut with Five Against the House (1955). Silliphant significantly boosted the career of martial arts master Bruce Lee when he created a large part for him in Marlowe (1969). A serious student of Buddhism, Silliphant and his wife, Tianna (aka Thi Thanh Nga), a Vietnamese director/actress, moved to Bangkok, Thailand, to study their religion. There were also rumors that Silliphant was tired of Hollywood and the trend to value money-making potential over artistry. Silliphant died in Bangkok after a long illness at the age of 78.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
50% The Grass Harp
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1996
No Score Yet Catch the Heat
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1987
43% Over the Top
  • Screenwriter
1987
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story
  • Producer
1985
0% When Time Ran Out
  • Screenwriter
1980
85% Salem's Lot
  • Executive Producer
1979
43% Circle of Iron
  • Screenwriter
1979
13% The Swarm
  • Screenwriter
1978
79% The Enforcer
  • Screenwriter
1976
55% The Killer Elite
  • Screenwriter
1975
No Score Yet Death Scream
  • Screenwriter
1975
71% The Towering Inferno
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1974
50% Shaft in Africa
  • Screenwriter
1973
79% The Poseidon Adventure
  • Screenwriter
1972
No Score Yet The New Centurions
  • Screenwriter
1972
No Score Yet Murphy's War
  • Screenwriter
1971
No Score Yet The Liberation of L.B. Jones
  • Screenwriter
1970
No Score Yet A Walk in the Spring Rain
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1970
71% Marlowe
  • Screenwriter
1969
71% Charly
  • Screenwriter
1968
96% In the Heat of the Night
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet The Slender Thread
  • Screenwriter
1965
96% Village of the Damned
  • Screenwriter
1960
83% The Lineup
  • Screenwriter
1958
100% Nightfall
  • Screenwriter
1957
No Score Yet Huk
  • Screenwriter
1956
No Score Yet 5 Against the House
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1955
No Score Yet The Joe Louis Story
  • Producer
1953

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