Blake Edwards Biography (1922-)

Full name, William Blake McEdwards; born July 26, 1922, in Tulsa, OK; son ofDonald Crump (a writer) and Lillian (a philanthropist) McEdwards; adoptive father Jack McEdwards (an actor, writer, director, production manager); marriedPatricia Walker, 1953 (divorced, 1967); married Julie Andrews (an actress and singer), November 12, 1969; children: (first marriage) Jennifer, Geoffrey;(second marriage; adopted) Amy Leigh, Joanna Lynn. Addresses: Office:Blake Edwards Entertainment, 9336 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230.; Agent: c/o William Morris Agency, Inc., 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills,CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, writer, producer, actor
Birth Details
July 26, 1922
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Ten Gentlemen from West Point, Twentieth Century-Fox,1942
  • (Uncredited) Red arrow messenger, Lucky Legs, 1942
  • (Uncredited) Flier, A Guy Named Joe, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1943
  • (Uncredited) Soldier, The Eve of St. Mark, Twentieth Century-Fox,1944
  • Lieutenant Eley, In the Meantime, Darling, Twentieth Century-Fox,1944
  • Pilot, Ladies Courageous (also known as Fury in the Sky), Universal, 1944
  • (Uncredited) Marine, Marine Raiders, RKO, 1944
  • (Uncredited) Prison kid, My Buddy, Republic, 1944
  • Pilot, Wing and a Prayer, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1944
  • (Uncredited) Second officer, Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1944
  • (Uncredited) Field operator, See Here, Private Hargrove, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1944
  • Lee, Marshal of Reno, Republic, 1944
  • (Uncredited) A Guy, a Gal and a Pal, 1945
  • (Uncredited) Gangs of the Waterfront, 1945
  • Christian Sanders, Jr., Strangler of the Swamp, Producers Releasing Corporation, 1945
  • (Uncredited) Gunner, They Were Expendable, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1945
  • (Uncredited) Flier, This Man's Navy, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1945
  • Joe Bridger, Tokyo Rose, Paramount, 1945
  • (Uncredited) Foreman, Till the End of Time, RKO, 1946
  • (Uncredited) Corporal, Best Years of Our Lives, 1946
  • (Uncredited) Sailor, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Paramount,1946
  • (Uncredited) C.I.C. man, The Beginning or the End, 1947
  • Vince Reedy, Leather Gloves (also known as Loser Take All),Columbia, 1948
  • Floyd Schofield, Panhandle, Allied Artists, 1948
  • (Uncredited) The Moviemakers, 1971
  • I Remember Me, Zeitgeist, 2001
  • Film Director
  • Bring Your Smile Along, Columbia, 1955
  • He Laughed Last, Columbia, 1956
  • Mister Cory, Universal, 1958
  • This Happy Feeling, Universal, 1958
  • The Perfect Furlough (also known as Strictly for Pleasure),Universal, 1958
  • Operation Petticoat, Universal, 1959
  • High Time, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's, Paramount, 1961
  • (And producer), Experiment in Terror (also known as The Grip ofFear), Columbia, 1962
  • Days of Wine and Roses, Warner Bros., 1963
  • The Pink Panther, United Artists, 1964
  • (And producer) A Shot in the Dark, United Artists, 1964
  • The Great Race (also known as Blake Edwards' The Great Race), Warner Bros., 1966
  • (And producer) What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, United Artists,1966
  • Gunn, Paramount, 1967
  • (And producer) The Party, United Artists, 1968
  • (And producer) Darling Lili, Paramount, 1970
  • (And producer) Wild Rovers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971
  • The Carey Treatment (also known as Emergency Ward), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • The Tamarind Seed, AVCO-Embassy, 1974
  • (And producer) The Return of the Pink Panther, United Artists, 1975
  • (And producer) The Pink Panther Strikes Again, United Artists, 1976
  • (And producer) Revenge of the Pink Panther, United Artists, 1978
  • (And producer; with Tony Adams) 10, Warner Bros., 1979
  • (And executive producer; with Adams) S.O.B., Paramount, 1981
  • (And producer; with Adams) Victor/Victoria, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • (And producer; with Adams) Trail of the Pink Panther, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • (And producer) The Man Who Loved Women, Columbia, 1983
  • (And coproducer) Curse of the Pink Panther, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983
  • Micki & Maude, Columbia, 1984
  • A Fine Mess (also known as Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess), Columbia, 1986
  • That's Life! (also known as Blake Edwards' That's Life!), Columbia, 1986
  • Blind Date (also known as Blake Edwards' Blind Date), TriStar, 1987
  • Sunset, TriStar, 1988
  • Skin Deep, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • Switch (also known as Blake Edwards' Switch), Warner Bros.,1991
  • Son of the Pink Panther (also known as Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther and Il figlio della pantera rosa), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Film Producer
  • (With John C. Champion), Panhandle, Allied Artists, 1948
  • (With Champion and Scott R. Dunlap), Stampede, Allied Artists/Monogram, 1949
  • Soldier in the Rain, 1963
  • Also produced Waterhole No. Three, 1967.
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Mancini and Friends, PBS, 1987
  • The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood's Stuntmen, ABC, 1988
  • The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1988
  • William Holden: The Golden Boy (also known as Crazy about the Movies), Cinemax, 1989
  • Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, Comedy Central, 1991
  • Laurel and Hardy: A Tribute to the Boys, The Disney Channel, 1992
  • Audrey Hepburn Remembered, PBS, 1993
  • "Dudley Moore," A&E Stage, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway, PBS, 1995
  • Jack Lemmon, PBS, 1996
  • Interviewee, Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Interviewee, Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Interviewee, Monica Mancini ... On Record, PBS, 1998
  • Interviewee, Bo Derek: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • Interviewee, James Garner: A Maverick Spirit, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • "John Ritter: In Good Company," Biography, 2002
  • Movies
  • Paul Rothstein, Stompin' at the Savoy, CBS, 1992
  • Y usted ... De que se rie? (also known as El gag ... y como conseguirlo), Canal + Espana, 2000
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Producer, City Detective, syndicated, 1953
  • Creator, producer, and director, Peter Gunn, NBC, 1958-1960 then ABC, 1960-1961
  • Director and producer, Mr. Lucky, 1959
  • Director, The Dick Powell Show (also known as The Dick Powell Theatre), 1961-1963
  • Executive producer, Julie, ABC, 1992
  • Pilots
  • Producer, "The Boston Terrier" (also known as "Salem Witch Hunt"; broadcast as an episode of The Dick Powell Show), NBC, 1962
  • Director and Producer, The Monk, ABC, 1969
  • Director, Julie, ABC, 1992
  • Movies
  • Executive producer and director, "Justin Case," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1988
  • Director and producer, Peter Gunn, 1989
  • Also creative consultant, Casino.
  • Specials
  • Producer and director, Julie! (documentary), ABC, 1972
  • Executive producer, Julie on Sesame Street, ABC, 1973
  • Executive producer and director, Julie and Dick in Covent Garden,ABC, 1974
  • Director, Julie--My Favorite Things, ABC, 1975
  • Stage director and producer, Victor/Victoria, Bravo, 2000
  • Radio Work
  • Creator and director, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, NBC, 1949, then ABC, 1950-1952
  • Stage Work
  • Producer, Minor Demons, Century Center for the Performing Arts, 1997
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With John C. Champion) Panhandle, Allied Artists, 1948
  • (With Champion) Stampede (based on a novel by Edward Beverly Mann), Allied Artists/Monogram, 1949
  • (With Richard Quine) Sound Off, Columbia, 1952
  • (With Quine) Rainbow 'round My Shoulder, Columbia, 1952
  • (With Quine and Robert Welles) All Ashore, Columbia, 1953
  • (With Quine) Cruisin' Down the River, Columbia, 1953
  • Drive A Crooked Road, Columbia, 1954
  • (Author of screen story) The Atomic Kid, Republic, 1954
  • (With Quine) My Sister Eileen, Columbia, 1955
  • (With Quine) Bring Your Smile Along, Columbia, 1955
  • (With Quine) He Laughed Last, Columbia, 1956
  • (With Arthur Carter and Jed Harris) Operation Mad Ball (adapted from the play by Carter), Columbia, 1957
  • Mister Cory (adapted from a story by Leo Rosten), Universal, 1957
  • The Perfect Furlough, Universal, 1958
  • This Happy Feeling (adapted from the play For Love or Moneyby F. Hugh Herbert), Universal, 1958
  • (Author of story with Owen Crump) The Couch, Warner Bros., 1962
  • (With Larry Gelbart) The Notorious Landlady (adapted from the short story "Notorious Tenant" by Margery Sharp), Columbia, 1962
  • (With Maurice Richlin) The Pink Panther, United Artists, 1964
  • (With William Peter Blatty) A Shot in the Dark, United Artists, 1964
  • (With Richlin) Soldier in the Rain (adapted from the novel by William Golden), Allied Artists, 1964
  • (Author of story with Arthur Ross) The Great Race (also known as Blake Edwards' The Great Race), Warner Bros., 1965
  • (Story with Richlin) What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, United Artists, 1966
  • (With Blatty) Gunn, Paramount, 1967
  • (With Tom Waldman and Frank Waldman) The Party, United Artists, 1968
  • (Uncredited) Inspector Clouseau, 1968
  • (With Blatty) Darling Lili, Paramount, 1969
  • Wild Rovers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • The Tamarind Seed (based on a novel by Evelyn Anthony), AVCO-Embassy, 1974
  • (With Frank Waldman) The Return of the Pink Panther, United Artists, 1975
  • (With F. Waldman) The Pink Panther Strikes Again, United Artists,1976
  • (With F. Waldman and Ron Clark) Revenge of the Pink Panther, United Artists, 1978
  • 10, Warner Bros., 1979
  • S.O.B., Paramount, 1981
  • (With F. Waldman, Tom Waldman, and Geoffrey Edwards) Trail of the PinkPanther (based on a story by B. Edwards), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Victor/Victoria, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • (With G. Edwards) Curse of the Pink Panther, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983
  • (With G. Edwards and Milton Wexler) The Man Who Loved Women (basedon a work by Francois Truffaut), Columbia, 1983
  • (Coauthor; as Sam O. Brown) City Heat, Warner Bros., 1984
  • A Fine Mess (also known as Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess), Columbia, 1986
  • (With Wexler) That's Life! (also known as Blake Edwards' That'sLife!), Columbia, 1986
  • Sunset, 1988
  • Skin Deep, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • Switch (also known as Blake Edwards' Switch), Warner Bros.,1991
  • (With Madeline Sunshine and Steve Sunshine) Son of the Pink Panther (based on characters created by B. Edwards and Maurice Richlin; also knownas Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther and Il figlio della pantera rosa), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Television Episodes
  • (From story) Four Star Playhouse (also known as Star Performance), 1952
  • (With Richard Quine) Hey Mulligan (also known as The Mickey Rooney Show), NBC, 1954-1955
  • Peter Gunn (includes "The Kill"), NBC, 1958-1960, then ABC, 1960-1961
  • (And creator) Mr. Lucky, CBS, 1959-1960
  • (And creator) Dante's Inferno, NBC, 1960-1961
  • Operation Petticoat, 1977
  • (Uncredited) The Pink Panther, 1993
  • Television Pilots
  • (With Tony Barrett) The Monk, ABC, 1969
  • Television Specials
  • Julie--My Favorite Things, ABC, 1975
  • Victor/Victoria, Bravo, 1995
  • Television Movies
  • Casino, 1980
  • "Justin Case," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1988
  • Peter Gunn, 1989
  • For Radio
  • Richard Diamond, Private Detective, NBC, 1946, then ABC, 1950-1952
  • The Lineup, CBS, 1950-1953
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, CBS, 1949-1962

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Lehman, Peter, and William Luhr, Blake Edwards, Ohio University Press (Athens, OH), 1981
    • Starr, Michael, Peter Sellers: A Film History, McFarland (Jefferson, NC), 1991

    User Contributions:

    Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic:

    CAPTCHA


    forum