William Bast

Author + Screenwriter
Born Apr 3, 1931

William Bast is an American screenwriter and author currently living in Los Angeles. In addition to writing scripts for motion pictures and television, he is the author of two biographies of the screen actor James Dean.

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1931 Birth Born on April 3, 1931.


1952 21 Years Old In 1952 he moved to New York to join Dean and pursue a career in radio and television.
1953 22 Years Old 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.
1955 24 Years Old After the death of Dean in an automobile accident in 1955, Bast chronicled his five year relationship with the actor in James Dean: a Biography. … Read More


1975 44 Years Old In 1975 Bast produced and scripted James Dean: Portrait of a Friend for NBC, a movie for television based upon his first James Dean biography.
1976 45 Years Old 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.
1977 46 Years Old 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.


1982 51 Years Old 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.
1985 54 Years Old 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. … Read More


2006 75 Years Old In 2006 Barricade Books (USA) 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. … Read More
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