John Briley Biography (1925-)

Full name, John Richard Briley; born June 25, 1925, in Kalamazoo, MI; son ofWilliam Treve (in sales) and Mary Stella (in sales; maiden name, Daly) Briley; married Dorothy Louise Reichart, August 23, 1950; children: Dennis Patrick,Paul Christian, Mary Sydney, Shaun William. Addresses: Home--P.O. Box2365, Sun Valley, ID 83353.

Birth Details
June 25, 1925
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Work
  • Associate producer, Pope Joan (also known as The Devil's Impostor), Columbia, 1972.
  • (With Richard Attenborough and Norman Spencer) Producer, Cry Freedom, Universal, 1987.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Sergeant, Situation Hopeless--But Not Serious, Paramount, 1965.
  • Writings;Screenplays
  • (With Jack Trevor) Story, Invasion Quartet, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1961.
  • (With Jack Trevor) Story, Postman's Knock, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962.
  • Children of the Damned, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964.
  • Hammerhead (based on story by John Mayo), Columbia, 1968.
  • Pope Joan (also known as The Devil's Impostor), Columbia, 1972.
  • That Lucky Touch, Allied Artists, 1975.
  • The Medusa Touch, Warner Bros., 1978.
  • Eagle's Wing, Rank, 1979.
  • Gandhi, Columbia, 1982.
  • Enigma, Embassy, 1983.
  • Marie (also known as Marie: A True Story) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1986.
  • (With Stanley Mann) Tai-Pan, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986.
  • Cry Freedom, Universal, 1987.
  • Sandino, TriStar, 1990.
  • (With Cary Bates and Mario Puzo) Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Warner Bros., 1992.
  • The Populist, 1999.
  • Other screenplays include A Fragile Life; West with the Night; Why Did IEver Leave Horses?; Warriors of the Rainbow; Offering; To Die a Stranger; TheVeil; The Great Baby Blue; How Sleep the Brave; Mister God, This Is Anna; The Big Apple; The Deadly Inheritance; The Crucible; White Fang; Naked at the Forest; Henderson, the Rain King; O Jerusalem; The Color of Battle; Golden Harvest; Father Damien; and The Fourth Season.
  • Writings;Teleplays
  • Hits and Misses, BBC, 1962.
  • The Airbase, BBC, 1965.
  • Also author of See America First, BBC.
  • Writings;Stage Plays
  • Seven Bob a Buck, produced at Hampstead Theatre Club, then Comedy Theatre, both London, England, 1964.
  • So Who Needs Men!, produced at Northampton Repertory Theatre, Northampton, England, then New London Theatre, both 1976.
  • Writings;Novels
  • The Traitors, Putnam, 1968, published in England as How Sleep the Brave,Transworld, 1971.
  • The Last Dance, Secker &; Warburg, 1978.
  • The First Stone: A Novel, William Morrow &; Company, 1997.
  • Writings;Other
  • Shakespeare Survey (criticism), 1964.
  • Contributor to Shakespeare Survey and Shakespeare Quarterly.

Further Reference


  • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Volume 44, Gale Research (Detroit, MI), 1994.
  • Detroit Free Press, October 13, 1997.

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