Alvin Sargent

Alvin Sargent (April 12, 1927 – May 9, 2019) was an American screenwriter who wrote the screenplays for dozens of movies. He won two Academy Awards, for his screenplays of Julia (1977) and Ordinary People (1980). Before he became a writer, he had a brief period as an actor, portraying the role of Nair opposite Montgomery Clift in From Here To Eternity (1953), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Alvin Sargent
Alvin Supowitz[1]

(1927-04-12)April 12, 1927
DiedMay 9, 2019(2019-05-09) (aged 92)
Years active1956–2016
  • Joan Camden
    (m. 1953; div. 1975)
  • Laura Ziskin
    (m. 2010; died 2011)

Sargent was best known, later in life, for writing Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and for the 2012 reboot The Amazing Spider-Man.

Life and career

Alvin Sargent was born Alvin Supowitz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Esther (née Kadansky) and Isaac Supowitz. He was of Russian Jewish descent.[2] Sargent attended Upper Darby High School, leaving aged 17 to join the Navy. As of 2006, he was one of 35 alumni to be on the school's Wall of Fame.

Sargent began writing for television in 1953 and through the 1960s he scripted episodes for Route 66, Ben Casey and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He collaborated on his first screenplay for a film on Gambit (1966) and gained recognition for I Walk the Line (1970) and Paper Moon (1973) for which he won the WGA Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and was nominated for an Academy Award. He won the Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay in 1978 for the film Julia (1977) and again in 1981 for Ordinary People (1980). He collaborated on the 2004 screenplay for Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 released in 2007.

He had a longtime relationship with producer Laura Ziskin; they were married from 2010 until her death in 2011.[3] His brother was writer and producer Herb Sargent.

Sargent died from natural causes at his home in Seattle on May 9, 2019, four weeks after his 92nd birthday.[4]





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