Paddy Chayefsky

Recipient of the Purple Heart Medal
Born Jan 29, 1923

Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky, was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Screenplay (the other three-time winners, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, have all shared their awards with co-writers). He was considered one of the most renowned dramatists of the so-called Golden Age of Television.… Read More

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1923 Birth Born on January 29, 1923.


1949 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He relocated to Hollywood, where he met his future wife Susan Sackler, and the couple married in February 1949. … Read More
1951 28 Years Old 1 More Event
During 1951–52, Chayefsky wrote adaptations for radio's Theater Guild on the Air: The Meanest Man in the World (with James Stewart), Cavalcade of America, Tommy (with Van Heflin and Ruth Gordon) and Over 21 (with Wally Cox). … Read More
1952 29 Years Old Since he had always wanted to use a synagogue as backdrop, he wrote Holiday Song, telecast in 1952 and also in 1954. … Read More


1953 30 Years Old In 1953, Chayefsky wrote Marty, which was premiered on The Philco Television Playhouse, with Rod Steiger and Nancy Marchand. … Read More
1955 32 Years Old Chayefsky had a unique clause in his Marty contract that stated that only he could write the screenplay, which he did for the 1955 movie.
1957 34 Years Old Chayefsky's The Great American Hoax was broadcast May 15, 1957 during the second season of The 20th Century Fox Hour. … Read More
1960 37 Years Old The Tenth Man (1959) marked Chayefsky's second Broadway theatrical success, garnering 1960 Tony Award nominations for Best Play, Best Director (Tyrone Guthrie) and Best Scenic Design. … Read More


1977 54 Years Old Chayefsky suffered greatly from stress while working on the novel, resulting in his heart attack in 1977. … Read More
1980 57 Years Old He wrote the screenplay for the 1980 film, but he is credited by his real first and middle name, Sidney Aaron, because of disputes with director Ken Russell. … Read More
1981 59 Years Old Chayefsky died in New York City of cancer, for which he had declined surgery, in 1981, aged 58, and was interred in the Sharon Gardens Division of Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Westchester County, New York. … Read More
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