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George Seaton (April 17, 1911 – July 28, 1979) was an American screenwriter, playwright, film director and producer, and theatre director.

Born George Stenius in South Bend, Indiana, Seaton moved to Detroit after graduating from college to work as an actor on radio station WXYZ. John L. Barrett played The Lone Ranger on test broadcasts of the series in early January 1933, but when the program became part of the regular schedule Seaton was cast in the title role. In later years he claimed to have devised the cry "Hi-yo, Silver" because he couldn't whistle for his horse as the script required.

Seaton joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a contract writer in 1933. His first major screen credit was the Marx Brothers comedy A Day at the Races in 1937. In the early 1940s he joined 20th Century Fox, where he remained for the rest of the decade, writing scripts for Moon Over Miami, Coney Island, Charley's Aunt, The Song of Bernadette, and others before making his directorial debut with Diamond Horseshoe in 1945. From this point on he was credited as both screenwriter and director for most of his films, including The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, Miracle on 34th Street, Apartment for Peggy, Chicken Every Sunday, The Big Lift, For Heaven's Sake, Little Boy Lost, The Country Girl, and The Proud and Profane.

But Not Goodbye, Seaton's 1944 Broadway debut as a playwright, closed after only 23 performances, although it later was adapted for the 1946 film The Cockeyed Miracle by Karen DeWolf. In 1967 he returned to Broadway to direct the Norman Krasna play Love in E Flat, which was a critical and commercial flop. The musical Here's Love, adapted from his screenplay for Miracle on 34th Street by Meredith Willson, proved to be more successful.

Seaton won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay twice, for Miracle on 34th Street (which also earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay) and The Country Girl, and was nominated for Oscars three additional times. He received The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1961.

Seaton died of cancer in Beverly Hills, California.

Description above from the Wikipedia article George Seaton, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

George Seaton (April 17, 1911 – July 28, 1979) was an American screenwriter, playwright, film director and producer, and theatre director.

Born George Stenius in South Bend, Indiana, Seaton moved to Detroit after graduating from college to work as an actor on radio station WXYZ. John L. Barrett played The Lone Ranger on test broadcasts of the series in early January 1933, but when the program became part of the regular schedule Seaton was cast in the title role. In later years he claimed to have devised the cry "Hi-yo, Silver" because he couldn't whistle for his horse as the script required.

Seaton joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a contract writer in 1933. His first major screen credit was the Marx Brothers comedy A Day at the Races in 1937. In the early 1940s he joined 20th Century Fox, where he remained for the rest of the decade, writing scripts for Moon Over Miami, Coney Island, Charley's Aunt, The Song of Bernadette, and others before making his directorial debut with Diamond Horseshoe in 1945. From this point on he was credited as both screenwriter and director for most of his films, including The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, Miracle on 34th Street, Apartment for Peggy, Chicken Every Sunday, The Big Lift, For Heaven's Sake, Little Boy Lost, The Country Girl, and The Proud and Profane.

But Not Goodbye, Seaton's 1944 Broadway debut as a playwright, closed after only 23 performances, although it later was adapted for the 1946 film The Cockeyed Miracle by Karen DeWolf. In 1967 he returned to Broadway to direct the Norman Krasna play Love in E Flat, which was a critical and commercial flop. The musical Here's Love, adapted from his screenplay for Miracle on 34th Street by Meredith Willson, proved to be more successful.

Seaton won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay twice, for Miracle on 34th Street (which also earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay) and The Country Girl, and was nominated for Oscars three additional times. He received The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1961.

Seaton died of cancer in Beverly Hills, California.

Description above from the Wikipedia article George Seaton, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 42

Birthday 1911-04-17

Day of Death 1979-07-28

Place of Birth South Bend, Indiana

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1994 Miracle on 34th Street Screenplay
1973 Miracle on 34th Street Writer
1970 Airport Screenplay
1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Writer
1964 36 Hours Screenplay
1962 The Counterfeit Traitor Writer
1956 The Proud and Profane Story Screenplay
1954 The Country Girl Screenplay
1950 For Heaven's Sake Writer
1950 The Big Lift Writer
1949 Chicken Every Sunday Writer
1948 Apartment for Peggy Screenplay
1947 Miracle on 34th Street Screenplay
1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Writer
1944 The Eve of St. Mark Writer
1943 Coney Island Screenplay
1943 The Meanest Man in the World Screenplay
1942 The Magnificent Dope Screenplay
1941 Charley's Aunt Writer
1941 Moon Over Miami Adaptation
1941 That Night in Rio Screenplay
1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife Screenplay
1937 A Day at the Races Story Screenplay
1935 The Winning Ticket Writer
1934 Student Tour Story

Directing

1973 Showdown Director
1970 Airport Director
1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Director
1964 36 Hours Director
1963 The Hook Director
1962 The Counterfeit Traitor Director
1961 The Pleasure of His Company Director
1958 Teacher's Pet Director
1957 Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot Director
1956 The Proud and Profane Director
1954 The Country Girl Director
1953 Little Boy Lost Director
1952 Anything Can Happen Director
1950 For Heaven's Sake Director
1950 The Big Lift Director
1949 Chicken Every Sunday Director
1948 Apartment for Peggy Director
1947 Miracle on 34th Street Director
1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Director
1945 Junior Miss Director
1945 Diamond Horseshoe Director

Production

1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Producer
1960 The Rat Race Producer
1959 But Not for Me Producer
1958 Teacher's Pet Producer
1957 The Tin Star Producer
1954 The Bridges at Toko-Ri Producer
1954 The Country Girl Producer
1952 Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick Producer

Acting

1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1953 The Academy Awards (2 episodes)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode)

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