Paddy Chayefsky was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist.
He is the first author to have received three individual Academy Awards for both original and adapted screenplays.
During the Golden Age of Television, he was one of the most well-known dramatists.
His personal, accurate scripts contributed to the 1950s realism style of television drama by dramatizing regular Americans' lives.
Chayefsky was "the most successful graduate of television's slice of life school of naturalism," according to Martin Gottfried in All His Jazz.
After his widely praised teleplays, Chayefsky rose to prominence as a writer and novelist.
He won three Academy Awards for his efforts as a screenwriter on the films Marty (1955), The Hospital (1971), and Network (1976).
His own television drama about two lonesome people discovering love served as the basis for the film Marty. Both The Hospital and Network were satires of the television industry.
David Thomson, a film historian, described The Hospital as "It was decades in advance. Few movies do a better job of capturing the tragedy of America's self-destructive idealism."
Many people consider his screenplay for the movie Network to be his best work; it has been praised for having "the kind of sophisticated, darkly humorous and stunningly prescient material that compels many to laud it as the greatest screenplay of the 20th century."
Early works by Chayefsky typically reflected his experiences growing up in The Bronx.
Chayefsky was a member of the first group of individuals to be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
He was given this distinction in 1984, three years after his passing.
Billy Wilder's net worth was $3.6 million at time of his death.
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Paddy Chayefsky was married to Susan Sackler from 1949 until his death. With her he has a kid.
Children: Paddy Chayefsky has a son named Dan Chayefsky.
Paddy Chayefsky’s father is Harry Chayefsky.
Paddy Chayefsky’s mother is Gussie Stuchevsky Chayefsky.
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"Television is not the truth. Television is a goddamned amusement park."
"This was the story of Howard Beale: The first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings."
"You don't send a man to his death because you want a hero."
"I'm not sentimental about war. I see nothing noble in widows."
"It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic, and sub-atomic, and galactic structure of things today. And you have meddled with the primal forces of nature! And you will atone! Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale?"
"All my brothers, my brothers-in-law, they're always telling me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don't get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you get to be a real professor of pain."
"God save us from people who do the morally right thing. It's always the rest of us who get broken in half."