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.
April 12, 1927
|Died||May 9, 2019 92) (aged|
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. 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.
Sargent died from natural causes at his home in Seattle on May 9, 2019, four weeks after his 92nd birthday.
- Gambit (with Jack Davies) (1966)
- The Stalking Moon (with Wendell Mayes) (1968)
- The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)
- I Walk the Line (1970)
- The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
- Paper Moon (1973)
- Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973)
- A Star Is Born (1976) (uncredited)
- Julia (1977)
- Bobby Deerfield (1977)
- Straight Time (with Jeffrey Boam) (1978)
- Ordinary People (1980)
- Nuts (with Tom Topor and Daryl Ponicsan) (1987)
- Dominick and Eugene (1988)
- White Palace (with Ted Tally) (1990)
- Other People's Money (1991)
- What About Bob? (with Laura Ziskin) (1991) (Story Only)
- Hero (with Laura Ziskin and David Webb Peoples) (1992) (Story Only)
- Bogus (1996)
- Anywhere but Here (1999)
- Unfaithful (with William Broyles Jr.) (2002)
- Spider-Man (2002) (uncredited)
- Spider-Man 2 (2004)
- Spider-Man 3 (with Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi) (2007)
- The Amazing Spider-Man (with James Vanderbilt and Steve Kloves) (2012)
- Miami Heist (with Jordan Peele and Robin Swicord) (2020 - his final work completed)
- From Here to Eternity (1953) - Nair (uncredited)
- Pener, Degen. "'Spider-Man' Producer Laura Ziskin's Santa Monica House Hits the Market". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- Koseluk, Chris (May 10, 2019). "Alvin Sargent, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter of 'Julia' and 'Ordinary People,' Dies at 92". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 10, 2019.