Knowledge Identifier: +William_Templeton_(screenwriter)
Scottish playwright and screenwriter who made a major contribution to the Golden Age of Television writing a string of episodic dramas for American prime time television during the 1950s and 1960s, a time when many hour-long anthology drama series received wide critical acclaim
Born in 1913.
Countries: United States (53%), United Kingdom (40%), Hungary (7%)
Linked to: The Daily Telegraph, Universal Studios, NBC
At 20 he wrote a One Act play "The King's Spaniel" which ran at the Royal Lyceum Theatre and at 24, his first three act play "Circus Murder" was picked up and produced by Jevan Brandon Thomas at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 1937 and quickly exported to London by the producer Esme Church for a run at the New Theatre under the title "The Painted Smile"
William had a long film career both in the UK and the US. His adaptation of "The Fallen Idol" a 1948 film with Ralph Richardson directed by Carol Reed and based on the short story "The Basement Room" by Graham Greene was nominated for the Academy award for Best Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won the BAFTA award for Best British Film
As Gore Vidal pointed out with uncharacteristically glowing enthusiasm in 1956, it was the Golden Age for the Dramatist