|Robert Alan Aurthur|
June 10, 1922|
November 20, 1978 (aged 56)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|Occupation||Producer, screenwriter, film director|
|Notable work(s)||All That Jazz|
|Spouse(s)||Bea Arthur (m. 1947–50)|
Television[edit | edit source]
In the early years of television, he wrote for Studio One and then moved on to write episodes of Mister Peepers (1952–53). He followed with teleplays for Campbell Playhouse (1954), Justice (1954), Goodyear Television Playhouse (1953–54) and Producers' Showcase (1955). One of his four 1951-55 plays for Philco Television Playhouse was the Emmy-nominated A Man Is Ten Feet Tall (1955), with Don Murray and Sidney Poitier, which was adapted two years later as the theatrical film, Edge of the City (1957) with Poitier and John Cassavetes.
Film[edit | edit source]
After 1957, he continued to do screenplays. He was one of the writers on Spring Reunion (1957), notable as Betty Hutton's last movie, following with Warlock (1959), and his earlier association with Cassavetes led to script contributions on the actor's directorial debut with Shadows (1959). After an uncredited contribution to Lilith (1964), he scripted John Frankenheimer's Grand Prix (1966).
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Aurthur served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was the first husband of actress Beatrice Arthur, who also served in the Marines; they divorced in 1950 and had no children. She used a variation of his surname as her professional name.
Death[edit | edit source]
Aurthur died of lung cancer in New York City, aged 56.
References[edit | edit source]
[edit | edit source]
- Robert Alan Aurthur at the Internet Movie Database
- Robert Alan Aurthur - BFI database entry
- Robert Alan Aurthur - allmovie
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