David Mamet

Author + Playwright + Screenwriter and Film Director

David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. Best known as a playwright, Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997).… Read More

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1947 Birth Mamet was born in 1947 in Chicago to Jewish parents, Lenore June (née Silver), a teacher, and Bernard Morris Mamet, an attorney. … Read More


1976 28 Years Old Mamet is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company; he first gained acclaim for a trio of off-Broadway plays in 1976, The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and American Buffalo. … Read More
1977 29 Years Old Mamet and actress Lindsay Crouse were married in 1977 and divorced in 1990. … Read More


1981 33 Years Old 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. … Read More
1987 39 Years Old In 1987, Mamet made his film directing debut with House of Games, starring his then-wife, Lindsay Crouse, and a host of longtime stage associates. … Read More


1992 44 Years Old Mamet adapted Glengarry Glen Ross for the cinema in 1992, writing an additional part (including the monologue "Coffee's for closers") for Alec Baldwin. … Read More


2000 52 Years Old In 2000, Mamet directed a film version of Catastrophe, a one-act play by Samuel Beckett featuring Harold Pinter and John Gielgud (in his final screen performance). … Read More
2004 56 Years Old In 2004 he published a lauded version of the classical Faust story, Faustus, however, the play, when staged in San Francisco during the spring of 2004, was not well received by critics. … Read More


2008 60 Years Old …  In a 2008 article for the Village Voice headlined Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal he revealed that he had gradually rejected political correctness and progressivism and embraced conservatism. … Read More
His play The Anarchist, starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, in her Broadway debut, opened on Broadway on November 13, 2012 in previews and was scheduled to close on December 16, 2012. … Read More
2013 65 Years Old In an essay for Newsweek, published on 29 January 2013, Mamet argued against gun control laws: "It was intended to guard us against this inevitable decay of government that the Constitution was written. … Read More
2014 66 Years Old Arthur Holmberg in his 2014 book David Mamet and Male Friendship, has reconsidered the gender issue in many of Mamet's plays throughout his career by asserting a prominent and recurrent reversed sexual orientation of portrayed male gender preferences.
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His latest feature-length film, a thriller titled Blackbird, is slated for release in 2015. … Read More
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