Peter Stone Biography (1930-)

Full name, Peter Hess Stone; born February 27, 1930, in Los Angeles, CA; sonof John (a film producer) and Hilda (a film writer; maiden name, Hess) Stone;married Mary O'Hanley, February 17, 1961. Career: Playwright and screenwriter. Also known as Pierre Marton. Member: Dramatists Guild (member of executive council; president, beginning in 1981), Authors League of America, Writers Guild of America. Awards, Honors: Emmy Award, 1962, for The Defenders; Writers Guild Award nomination, Writers Guild of America, 1962, for The Benefactors; Writers Guild Award, best comedy film, and Edgar Allan Poe Award, best motion picture screenplay, Mystery Writers of America, both 1964, for Charade; Academy Award, best original screenplay (with S. H. Barnett and Frank Tarloff), 1964, for Father Goose; Antoinette Perry Award, best musical, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Plays and Players Award, and Drama Desk Award, best musical book writer (with Sherman Edwards), all 1969, and Christopher Award, 1973, all for 1776; honorary Litt.D., Bard College, 1971; Writers Guild Awards, best comedy film, 1974, for Father Goose, and 1978, for Who's Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?; Antoinette Perry Award, best musical book, 1981, for Woman of the Year; Grammy Award, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1991, for The Will Rogers Follies; Antoinette Perry Award, best musical, 1997, for Titanic..

Playwright, screenwriter
Birth Details
February 27, 1930
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • "Music by Richard Rodgers," Great Performances, PBS, 1990.
  • "Bob Fosse: Steam Heat" (also known as "Fosse, the Ultimate Showman"), Dance in America (also known as Great Performances), PBS, 1990.
  • Guest, Talking with David Frost, PBS, 1992.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Creator, Adam's Rib, ABC, 1973-74.
  • Creator, Ivan the Terrible, CBS, 1976.
  • Story contributor, Dragon Flyz, syndicated, 1996.
  • Story contributor, Van-Pires, syndicated, 1997.
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Supervising producer, Baby on Board, 1988.
  • Film Appearances
  • Teddy Coggan, Far from the Madding Crowd, 1967.
  • Screenwriter, "The Actor and Saint Peter," Funny, 1988.
  • Books for Stage Musicals, Unless Otherwise Noted
  • Friend of the Family (play), Crystal Palace, St. Louis, MO, 1958
  • Kean, music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1961
  • Skyscraper, music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Sammy Cahn, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • 1776, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, then 46th Street Theatre, New York City, both 1969published by Viking (New York City), 1970
  • Two By Two (based on the play The Flowering Peach by Clifford Odets), music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Martin Charnin, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • Georgy, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • Sugar (based on the film Some Like It Hot), music by Jule Styne, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Full Circle (play; based on a work by Erich Maria Remarque), American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1973published by Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1974
  • Goodtime Charley, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Woman of the Year (based on the film of the same name), music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA, then Palace Theatre, both 1981published by Samuel French (New York City), 1984
  • (With Timothy S. Mayer) My One and Only, music by George and Ira Gershwin, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Grand Hotel, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, Palace Theatre, 1991-93
  • Titanic, 1997
  • Screenplays
  • Charade (also known as Grand Merchant Loup Appelle), Universal, 1963novelization published by Gold Medal Books, 1963
  • (With S. H. Barnett and Frank Tarloff) Father Goose, Universal, 1964
  • Mirage (based on the novel Fallen Angel by Howard Fast), Universal, 1965
  • (As Pierre Marton) Arabesque, Universal, 1966
  • (With Tarloff) The Secret War of Harry Frigg, Universal, 1968
  • Jigsaw, Universal, 1968
  • Sweet Charity (based on the play by Neil Simon), Universal, 1969
  • (As Pierre Marton) Skin Game, Warner Bros., 1971
  • (With Sherman Edwards) 1776 (based on the stage play), Columbia, 1972
  • The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, United Artists, 1974
  • The Silver Bears, Columbia, 1978
  • Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (also known as Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe, Too Many Chefs, and Qualcuno Sta Uccidendo i Piu Grandi Cuochi d'Europa), Warner Bros., 1978
  • Why Would I Lie?, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1980
  • Just Cause, Warner Bros., 1995
  • Television Movies
  • (As Pierre Marton) One of My Wives Is Missing, 1976
  • Grand Larceny, syndicated, 1987
  • (With others) The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, ABC, 1998
  • Television Episodes
  • Studio One, CBS, 1956
  • Brenner, CBS, 1959
  • Witness, CBS, 1961
  • Asphalt Jungle, ABC, 1961
  • The Defenders, CBS, 1961-62
  • Espionage, NBC, 1963
  • Adam's Rib, ABC, 1973-74
  • Ivan the Terrible, CBS, 1976
  • Television Specials
  • The Benefactors, 1962
  • Androcles and the Lion, music and lyrics by Rodgers, NBC, 1968
  • I Love Liberty, 1982
  • Baby on Board, 1988
  • The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990
  • The 46th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1992

Further Reference


  • The 1974 screenplay The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 was adapted for television and broadcast by ABC in 1998. The animated television series Dragon Flyz, released in syndication in 1996, and Van-Pires, released in syndication in 1997, were based on stories by Stone.
    • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Volume 7, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1982.
    • Something about the Author, Volume 65, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1991.
    • America, September 27, 1997, p. 24.*

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