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.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, producer
Birth Details
January 7, 1928
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • 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
  • WRITINGS
  • 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

OTHER SOURCES

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

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