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Peter Viertel

writer
Died: Nov. 4, 2007 (Marbella, Spain)
Best Known as: Hollywood screenwriter and novelist

Author and screenwriter who produced proactive works of fiction and memoir. Viertel wrote at least 9 novels and 11 feature films. He used his screenwriting to enhance his novels and vice versa. He moved to Hollywood as a child with his parents, who both worked as screenwriters. Learning from his parents, Viertel went on to write the screenplay for “The African Queen” in 1951, and a novel called “White Hunter, Black Heart” in 1953, which was later turned into a Clint Eastwood movie with the same name. Viertel was married to actress Deborah Kerr, who preceded him in death by one month.

More on Peter Viertel from Infoplease:

  • Peter Viertel - Biography of Peter Viertel, Author and screenwriter who produced proactive works of fiction and memoir. Viertel wrote at least 9 novels and 11 feature films. He used hi…
  • White Hunter, Black Heart - Starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell, Norman Lumsden, George Dzundza
  • Saboteur (1942) - Starring Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter, Clem Bevans
  • The Sun Also Rises - Starring Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Errol Flynn, Eddie Albert

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