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Through the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties it appeared that each television express was once written through Stirling Silliphant. His scripts for Alfred Hitchcock provides, Tightrope, Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre, Perry Mason, and, after all, bare urban and course sixty six, made him Hollywood's so much produced author. Later he ruled the catastrophe movie cycle with The Poseidon event and The Towering Inferno, introduced martial arts phenomenon Bruce Lee to display prominence with Marlowe and Longstreet, gained an Oscar® for within the warmth of the evening, and helped create the television mini-series. He lived the lifetime of a film superstar, no longer a film author, attending A-list events, crusing his yacht around the globe, using posh vehicles, and turning out one hit after one other. however it got here at a value: 4 marriages, estranged young ones, a son's loss of life, and, eventually, expatriation. Stirling Silliphant: The hands of God in detail explores the existence and inventive technique of the fellow in the back of Charly, Pearl, The Grass Harp, Village of the Damned, and different immense and small reveal occasions. Drawn from exhaustive interviews performed through writer Nat Segaloff within the years earlier than Silliphant's 1996 dying and augmented by way of fabric from his inner most documents, what emerges is a fancy portrait of a larger-than-life determine who rose to the head of a larger-than-life undefined. in regards to the writer Nat Segaloff has written biographies of Arthur Penn and William Friedkin, in-depth profiles of Paul Mazursky, John Milius, and Walon eco-friendly; and television biographies of Stan Lee, Larry King, John Belushi, Darryl F. Zanuck, and Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop. he's a playwright, collage teacher, journalist, and manufacturer who loves writing books. "Stirling Silliphant used to be a mythical, larger-than-life screenwriter whose fantastic, cutting edge scripts replaced the face of tv and movie. Nat Segaloff's compelling biography itself appears like the plot for a film because it chronicles Silliphant's attention-grabbing character, epical lifestyles, and dramatic career." - David Morrell, big apple occasions bestselling writer of First Blood and The Brotherhood of the Rose "Seeing as how The Poseidon experience and The Towering Inferno have been the 2 movies that first made the 10-year-old me are looking to pursue a occupation within the video clips, I wolfed Mr. Segaloff's impressive e-book approximately one among our most interesting screenwriters; a guy who introduced us from the chic (In the warmth of the evening) to the ridiculous (The Swarm), with equivalent elements artistry and verve." - Scott Rosenberg, screenwriter, Con Air and excessive constancy "Highly-respected film/TV author Stirling Silliphant will get A+ remedy during this flavorful account of the prolific craftsman. Silliphant's prodigious abilities and detailed viewpoints shine via this fast-flowing narrative through Nat Segaloff, whose interactions with the Oscar-winning scenarist over decades, supplies this particular examine an additional size. This publication is a winner and a decision read!" - James Robert Parish, writer of you might want to be the King: The heavily humorous lifetime of Mel Brooks

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