John Pielmeier Biography (1949-)

Born February 23, 1949, in Altoona, PA; son of Len and Louise (maiden name, Blackburn) Pielmeier; married Irene O'Brien (a writer and calligrapher), October 9, 1982. Addresses: Agent: Boz Graham, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Writer, actor, director
Birth Details
February 23, 1949
Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Jasmine, Memphis Is Gone, New York City, 1975
  • Tommy, Female Transport, Louisville, KY, 1975
  • Lymon, Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Louisville, 1975
  • Boy, Welcome to Andromeda, Louisville, 1975
  • Junior, Waterman, Minneapolis, MN, 1976
  • Billy, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Minneapolis, 1976
  • Burnaby, The Matchmaker, Minneapolis, 1976
  • Kid, Cold, Minneapolis, 1976
  • Dorcas, Gazelle Boy, Waterford, CT, 1977
  • Dennis, Scooter Thomas Makes It to the Top of the World, Waterford, 1977
  • Holidays, Louisville, 1979
  • Mark, The Shadow Box, Louisville, 1979
  • Mark Levine, Today a Little Extra, Louisville, 1980
  • The Front Page, Baltimore, MD, 1980
  • Lysander, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Anchorage, AK, 1981
  • Stage Work
  • Director, A Gothic Tale, Louisville, KY, 1983
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Seth Neddermeyer, Day One, CBS, 1989
  • Foley (civilian attorney), The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story (also known as Garwood: Prisoner of War), ABC, 1993
  • Lieutenant Commander Fortis, Submerged, PAX, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Appeared in episodes of Faerie Tale Theatre.
  • Television Work
  • Miniseries
  • Coproducer, Living with the Dead, CBS, 2002
  • Movies
  • Coproducer, Through the Eyes of a Killer, CBS, 1992
  • Executive producer, Original Sins (also known as Acts of Contrition), 1995
  • Stage Plays
  • Adaptor, Soledad Brother (one-act), produced at Pennsylvania StateUniversity, University Park, 1971
  • A Chosen Room, produced in Minneapolis, MN, 1976
  • Agnes of God, performed in staged reading, O'Neill Playwrights' Conference, Waterford, CT, 1979, then Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville,KY, 1980, later Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1982-1983, published by Samuel French (New York City), 1982
  • Chapter Twelve: The Frog, produced in Louisville, 1981
  • Courage, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1983, then off-Broadway, 1984
  • A Gothic Tale, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1983
  • Cheek to Cheek, produced in Louisville, 1983
  • Haunted Lives (contains A Ghost Story, A Gothic Tale, and A Witch's Brew), produced in Edinburgh, 1986; published by Dramatists Play Service (New York City), 1984
  • The Boys of Winter, produced at Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Jass, performed in staged reading, O'Neill Playwrights' Conference, 1985
  • Evening, produced in Cincinnati, OH, 1986
  • In Mortality, produced in Louisville, 1987
  • Sleight of Hand, produced at Cort Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • The Classics Professor, produced in New York City, 1988
  • Impassioned Embraces (skits and monologues), performed in workshop, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, published by Dramatists PlayService, 1989
  • Steeplechase (musical), produced in New York City, 1989
  • Willi, music by Matthew Selman, produced in Big Fork, MT, 1991
  • Young Rube, music and lyrics by Selman, produced in St. Louis, 1992
  • Voices in the Dark, produced at George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 1998, then Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1999; published by Broadway Play Publishing, 1998
  • Television Miniseries
  • An Inconvenient Woman, ABC, 1991
  • Living with the Dead, CBS, 2002
  • Television Movies
  • Choices of the Heart (also known as In December the Roses WillBloom Again), 1983
  • The Shell Seekers, 1989
  • The Stranger Within, ABC, 1990
  • Through the Eyes of a Killer, CBS, 1992
  • The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story (also known as Garwood: Prisoner of War), ABC, 1993
  • Reunion, CBS, 1994
  • Original Sins (also known as Acts of Contrition), 1995
  • Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone, ABC, 1997
  • "We Are Circus," in Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families, Showtime, 1998
  • Happy Face Murders, Showtime, 1999
  • Flowers for Algernon, CBS, 2000
  • Dodson's Journey, 2001
  • Submerged, PAX, 2001
  • Sins of the Father, F/X, 2002
  • Television Writing
  • Other
  • Also author of The Flock.
  • Screenplays
  • Agnes of God (based on his stage play), Columbia, 1985
  • (With others) Mysteries of Egypt (documentary; also known as Egypt), Museum of Science and Industry, 1998, Destination Cinema, 2000

Further Reference


  • The stage play Courage was filmed for Kentucky Educational Television, 1988; the stage play Agnes of God was released as an audio book,performed by Barbara Bain and Emily Bergl, Los Angeles Theatre Works, 2001.
    • Contemporary Dramatists, 6th edition, St. James Press, 1999

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