Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Stirling Dale Silliphant (16 January 1918 – 26 April 1996) was an American screenwriter and producer. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, moved to Glendale, California as a child, graduated from Hoover High School, and educated at the University of Southern California. He is probably best known for his screenplay for In the Heat of the Night and co-creating the television series Route 66. Other features as screenwriter include Irwin Allen productions The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure, adapting both films from previously published novels into one cohesive screenplay each. Silliphant is also remembered for his now-infamous bet with Hal Warren on whether Warren could make a successful horror film on a limited budget, which was the inspiration for Manos: The Hands of Fate, and he is portrayed in the 2011 documentary / comedy feature film "Hal Warren The Director of Fate" from director Tony Trombo. He was a close friend of Bruce Lee — under whom he studied martial arts — who was featured in the Silliphant-penned detective movie Marlowe and four episodes of the series Longstreet. Silliphant was involved in the early part of Bruce Lee's movie and TV career in America, and suggested him for action choreography work on productions like A Walk in the Spring Rain, a Silliphant-scripted film. They had also been writing on a philosophical martial arts script called The Silent Flute (later known as Circle of Iron), with James Coburn. It was to star Lee and Coburn, and the pre-production even went to the extent of all three going to India on a location hunt. Description above from the Wikipedia article Stirling Silliphant, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Stirling Dale Silliphant (16 January 1918 – 26 April 1996) was an American screenwriter and producer. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, moved to Glendale, California as a child, graduated from Hoover High School, and educated at the University of Southern California. He is probably best known for his screenplay for In the Heat of the Night and co-creating the television series Route 66. Other features as screenwriter include Irwin Allen productions The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure, adapting both films from previously published novels into one cohesive screenplay each. Silliphant is also remembered for his now-infamous bet with Hal Warren on whether Warren could make a successful horror film on a limited budget, which was the inspiration for Manos: The Hands of Fate, and he is portrayed in the 2011 documentary / comedy feature film "Hal Warren The Director of Fate" from director Tony Trombo. He was a close friend of Bruce Lee — under whom he studied martial arts — who was featured in the Silliphant-penned detective movie Marlowe and four episodes of the series Longstreet. Silliphant was involved in the early part of Bruce Lee's movie and TV career in America, and suggested him for action choreography work on productions like A Walk in the Spring Rain, a Silliphant-scripted film. They had also been writing on a philosophical martial arts script called The Silent Flute (later known as Circle of Iron), with James Coburn. It was to star Lee and Coburn, and the pre-production even went to the extent of all three going to India on a location hunt. Description above from the Wikipedia article Stirling Silliphant, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 47

Birthday 1918-01-16

Day of Death 1996-04-26

Place of Birth Detroit, Michigan

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1995 The Grass HarpScreenplay
1988 Gunman IIWriter
1987 The Three KingsWriter
1987 Catch the HeatWriter
1987 Over the TopScreenplay
1985 Mussolini: The Untold Story(4 episodes)Screenplay
1985 SpaceWriter
1980 When Time Ran Out...Screenplay
1978 Circle of IronStory
1978 Circle of IronScreenplay
1978 The SwarmScreenplay
1977 TelefonScreenplay
1976 The EnforcerScreenplay
1975 The Killer EliteScreenplay
1975 The First 36 Hours of Dr. DurantWriter
1975 Death ScreamWriter
1974 The Towering InfernoScreenplay
1973 Shaft in AfricaAuthor
1972 The Poseidon AdventureScreenplay
1972 The New CenturionsScreenplay
1971 Longstreet(4 episodes)Writer
1971 Murphy's WarScreenplay
1971 LongstreetWriter
1970 A Walk in the Spring RainScreenplay
1969 MarloweScreenplay
1968 CharlyScreenplay
1967 In the Heat of the NightScreenplay
1965 The Slender ThreadWriter
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre(1 episode)Writer
1960 Route 66(72 episodes)Writer
1960 Village of the DamnedScreenplay
1959 Mr. Lucky(1 episode)Writer
1958 Naked City(2 episodes)Writer
1958 The LineupWriter
1958 Damn CitizenScreenplay
1957 Alcoa Theatre(1 episode)Writer
1957 Suspicion(4 episodes)Writer
1957 M Squad(1 episode)Writer
1957 NightfallWriter
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater(1 episode)Writer
1956 Huk!Screenplay
1956 Huk!Novel
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(11 episodes)Writer
1955 5 Against the HouseScreenplay

Production

1989 Brotherhood of the Rose(2 episodes)Producer
1979 Salem's Lot(2 episodes)Executive Producer
1971 Longstreet(22 episodes)Producer
1971 ShaftExecutive Producer
1970 A Walk in the Spring RainProducer
1955 5 Against the HouseProducer

Creator

1971 LongstreetCreator
1960 Route 66Creator
1959 The Man from BlackhawkCreator
1958 Naked CityCreator

Crew

1972 Movin' OnCreator

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