Arnold Perl

Arnold Perl (April 14, 1914 – December 11, 1971) was an American playwright, screenwriter, television producer and television writer.

Arnold Perl
Born(1914-04-14)April 14, 1914
DiedDecember 11, 1971(1971-12-11) (aged 57)
OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter, television producer, television writer
Years active1949–1971

Perl briefly attended Cornell University, but did not graduate. He had written for the television series The Big Story, Naked City, The Doctors and the Nurses, East Side/West Side and N.Y.P.D., which he created with David Susskind. Perl also co-wrote the screenplay for Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), actor Ossie Davis' film directing debut. Perl also wrote the play Tevye and his Daughters.[1][2]

Perl also wrote and directed the documentary film Malcolm X (1972). Perl died in 1971. He was nominated posthumously for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his work on the film in 1973.[3] Perl's script for the film was later re-written by Spike Lee for his 1992 film on Malcolm X.[4]


  1. "Arnold Perl > Playwright > Dramatist". Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  2. "Tradition > Book Excerpt". St. Martin's Press. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  3. "Session Timeout - Academy Awards® Database - AMPAS". January 29, 2010. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  4. Bernard Weinraub, A Movie Producer Remembers The Human Side of Malcolm X, The New York Times, November 23, 1992. Retrieved June 18, 2008.

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