Jean Giraudoux
Aaron Spelling
(Movies & TV)
Paul Huson
Anthony Andrews
(Movies & TV)
The Prisoner
Elizabeth Montgomery
(Movies & TV)

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William Bast

Knowledge Identifier: +William_Bast


William Bast

American screenwriter and author currently living in Los Angeles add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1931.

Countries: United Kingdom (44%), United States (22%), France (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Dynasty, Jean Giraudoux, Aaron Spelling

Linked to: University of California, Los Angeles, NBC, BBC, CBS




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William Bast was born in 1931 add something


In the late 1950s, Bast adapted Jean Giraudoux's play "Tiger at the Gates" for Granada Television, and wrote scripts for the BBC and Independent Television, including episodes of the classic series "The Prisoner" add something


In 1952 he moved to New York to join Dean and pursue a career in radio and television add something


There, he initially worked in the Press Relations department at CBS and subsequently, in 1953, wrote his first scripts for the NBC television sitcom "The Aldrich Family" add something


In 1976 he received the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award for his television movie "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" with Elizabeth Montgomery in the title role add something


In 1977 his adaptation of Alexandre Dumas, père's "The Man in the Iron Mask" starring Richard Chamberlain in a dual role picked up two Emmy nominations for Bast's script and Olga Lehmann's costume designs add something


His script for "The Scarlet Pimpernel" with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen was honored with a Christopher Award in 1982, and his "The First Modern Olympics" won him the Writers Guild of America Outstanding Script for Television Longform Series for 1984 add something


Paul Huson - Between 1982 and 1987 he and his partner William Bast wrote and produced three television series "Tucker's Witch", "The Hamptons", and "The Colbys", a spin-off from the Aaron Spelling series "Dynasty"; "The Colbys" won the 1986 People's Choice *award


From 1985 through 1987 Bast wrote and produced "The Colbys", a spin-off from the popular series "Dynasty", with his partner Paul Huson; "The Colbys" won the 1986 People's Choice Award add something


In 2006 Barricade Books published "Surviving James Dean", a second, more candid book by Bast about his relationship with Dean; which featured material that Bast did not include in his earlier account due to personal trepidations and social mores of the 1950s add something

William Bast died in 2015 add something


He died on May 4, 2015 at the age of 83; he had Alzheimer's disease add something