William Peter Blatty Biography (1928-)

Born January 7, 1928, in New York, NY; son of Peter (a carpenter) and Mary (Mouakad) Blatty; married Mary Margaret Rigard, February 18, 1950 (marriage annulled); married Elizabeth Gilman, 1950 (divorced); married Linda Tuero (a professional tennis player), July 20, 1975 (divorced); married Julie Alice Witbrodt, 1983; children: (second marriage) Christine Ann, Michael Peter, Mary Joanna; (third marriage) two; (fourth marriage) two, including Peter Vincent. Religion: Roman Catholic. Career: Writer and producer. U.S. Information Agency, Beirut, Lebanon, editor of News Review, 1955-57; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, publicity director, 1957-58; Loyola University (now Loyola Marymount University), Los Angeles, CA, publicitydirector, 1959-60. Also worked as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salespersonfor Electrolux and beer truck driver for Gunther Brewing Company. Militaryservice: U.S. Air Force, 1951-54. Member: Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America. Awards, Honors: Gabriel Award and American Film Festival blue ribbon, both 1969, for Insight; California Literature Silver Medal Award, 1972, for the novel The Exorcist; Academy Award, best screenplay based on a work in another medium, Golden Globe Award,best screenplay for a motion picture, August Derleth Award, and Academy Awardnomination, best picture, all 1973, for The Exorcist; honorary L.H.D., Seattle University, 1974; Golden Globe Award, best motion picture screenplay, 1980, for The Ninth Configuration(released as Twinkle, Twinkle,"Killer" Kane). Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Writer, producer
Birth Details
January 7, 1928
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Work
  • Producer, The Exorcist, Warner Bros., 1973
  • Producer and director, The Ninth Configuration, Warner Bros., 1979
  • Director, The Exorcist III (also known as The Exorcist III: Legion and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Director, Dimiter, 1990
  • Film Appearances
  • Police officer, No Place to Land (also known as Man Mad), Republic, 1958
  • Dr. Froame, The Ninth Configuration, Warner Bros., 1979
  • Screenplays
  • The Man from the Diner's Club, Columbia, 1963
  • John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965
  • A Shot in the Dark, United Artists, 1966
  • Promise Her Anything, Paramount, 1966
  • What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, United Artists, 1966
  • Gunn, Paramount, 1967
  • The Great Bank Robbery, Warner Bros., 1969
  • Darling Lili, Paramount, 1970
  • The Exorcist, Warner Bros., 1973
  • The Ninth Configuration, Warner Bros., 1979
  • The Exorcist III (also known as The Exorcist III: Legion and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Teleplays
  • Movies
  • The Baby Sitter, 1980
  • Episodic
  • Writer of episodes of Insight, syndicated.
  • Fiction
  • Which Way to Mecca, Jack?, Bernard Geis Associates, 1960
  • John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!, Doubleday, 1963
  • I, Billy Shakespeare!, Doubleday, 1965
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane, Doubleday, 1967
  • The Exorcist, Harper, 1971
  • I'll Tell Them I Remember You, Norton, 1973
  • The Ninth Configuration, Harper, 1978
  • Legion, Simon & Schuster, 1983
  • Nonfiction
  • William Peter Blatty on "The Exorcist": From Novel to Film, Bantam, 1974

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, August 14, 1989, pp. 44-46.*

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