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Norman Mailer Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Book Author, Director, Producer, Editor
  • Born: Jan 31, 1923
  • Died: Nov 10, 2007
  • Birth Name: Norman Kingsley Mailer

Having established himself as one of the major American writers of his generation with his novels ([[Feature~V34379~The Naked and the Dead~thenakedandthedead]], An American Dream) and his non-fiction ([[Feature~V163077~Advertisements for Myself~thatsthewayilikeit]], [[Feature~V103959~The Armies of the Night~thenightofnights]]), Mailer began writing, directing, and acting in his own independent films, drawing inspiration from Warhol and Cassavetes. He debuted in 1968 with two provocative features, [[Feature~V117001~Wild 90~wild90]] and [[Feature~V5288~Beyond the Law~beyondthelaw]]. His third film [[Feature~V100971~Maidstone~maidstone]], a bizarre satire of presidential campaigning, was his most technically ambitious work; it achieved instant notoriety for including in its final cut a vicious brawl between Mailer and his costar [[Performer~P114388~Rip Torn~riptorn]]. In 1982 he wrote the script for the television adaptation of his novel [[Feature~V16299~The Executioner's Song~theexecutionerssong]]; five years later he wrote and directed the theatrical feature [[Feature~V50561~Tough Guys Don't Dance~toughguysdontdance]], an adaptation of his detective novel. Mailer also appeared in the [[Performer~P90166~Milos Forman~milosforman]] film [[Feature~V40107~Ragtime~ragtime]] and in Jean-Luc Godard's [[Feature~V27399~King Lear~kinglear]]. Mailer died of renal failure in November 2007. ~ Rovi