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General Information

Name:  David Mamet  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: November 30, 1947 in Flossmoor, Illinois

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Mamet was born and raised in Flossmoor.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Mamet is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity. He was educated at Goddard College in Vermont where he later taught. He is a founding member of the St. Nicholas Players Theater Company in 1974 and has written screen adaptations of several of his plays.Mamet's first produced screenplay was the 1981 production of ''The Postman Always Rings Twice'' (directed by Bob Rafelson), based upon James M. Cain's novel. As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for ''The Verdict'' (1982) and ''Wag the Dog'' (1997). He wrote the screenplays for such films as ''The Verdict'', ''The Untouchables'' and ''Wag the Dog'', and has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. He has written and directed ten films, including ''Homicide'', ''The Spanish Prisoner'', ''State and Main'', ''House of Games'', ''Spartan'' and ''Redbelt''. His numerous plays include Oleanna, ''Glengarry Glen Ross'' (winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award), ''American Buffalo'', ''Speed-the-Plow'', ''Boston Marriage'', ''November, Race'' and ''The Anarchist''. As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for ''Glengarry Glen Ross'' (1984) and ''Speed-the-Plow'' (1988). His HBO film Phil Spector, starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, aired in 2013 and earned him two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing. He was co-creator and executive producer of the CBS television show The Unit.


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