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William Peter Blatty

Highest Rated:   93% A Shot in the Dark (1964)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
The son of Lebanese parents, New York-born writer William Peter Blatty entered the US Foreign service in the mid 1950s, headquartered in Beirut. Feeling that his creative urges were stifled by the edicts of diplomacy, Blatty began submitting witty magazine articles to such publications as The Saturday Evening Post. In 1958, he garnered a great deal of press coverage by posing as the son of Saudi Arabian King Saud, whereupon he was given the red-carpet treatment by Hollywood. When the ruse was revealed, Blatty was congratulated rather than condemned for his trickey, which encouraged him to continue writing and to briefly pursue an acting career (during this period he also popped up as a contestant on the Groucho Marx TVer You Bet Your Life). After serving on the publicity department of University of Southern California, Blatty published his first novel in 1959; four years later he completed his first movie script for the Danny Kaye comedy The Man From the Diner's Club. In 1970, Blatty came out with his biggest literary hit, The Exorcist, which he subsequently adapted into a 1973 movie blockbuster. He also directed a brace of films, both adapted from his own novels: The Ninth Configuration (based on Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane), and The Exorcist III (based on Legion). Blatty died in 2017, just days after his 89th birthday.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$38.7M 2000
55% The Exorcist III
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Hollywood Ghost Stories
  • Actor
1986
75% The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane)
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1980
86% The Exorcist
  • Screenwriter
1973
No Score Yet Darling Lili
  • Screenwriter
1970
No Score Yet Gunn
  • Screenwriter
1967
40% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
  • Screenwriter
1966
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home
  • Screenwriter
1965
93% A Shot in the Dark
  • Screenwriter
1964
No Score Yet Promise Her Anything
  • Screenwriter
1964
No Score Yet The Man from the Diners' Club
  • Screenwriter
1963
No Score Yet No Place to Land
  • Policeman
1958

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