David Rayfiel

David Rayfiel (September 9, 1923 – June 22, 2011)[1] was an American screenwriter and frequent collaborator of director Sydney Pollack.

David Rayfiel
Born(1923-09-09)September 9, 1923
DiedJune 22, 2011(2011-06-22) (aged 87)
EducationCity University of New York, Brooklyn (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Lila Garrett
(m. 1950; div. 1953)

Maureen Stapleton
(m. 1963; div. 1966)

Lynne Schwarzenbek (m. 1987)


Rayfiel was born in Brooklyn, New York and educated at Brooklyn College. His father was congressman Leo F. Rayfiel.

In 1950 he married television screenwriter Lila Garrett. He and Garrett had daughter Eliza before divorcing in 1953. He married actress Maureen Stapleton in 1963, divorcing in 1966.[2] He married his third wife, Lynne Schwarzenbek, in 1987.

In 1958 he had a house built at Day, New York, which has come to be known as the David Rayfiel House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[3]


Rayfiel died of heart failure, on June 22, 2011, in Manhattan, New York. He was survived by his widow, Lynne, and his daughter, Eliza, wife of actor Eric Roberts. Rayfiel also had two grandchildren, Keaton and Morgan, from daughter Eliza's first marriage to television producer and director James Simons.[1] Also survived by step-children Daniel Allentuck and Katharine Allentuck.[1]


In 1976, he received an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for Three Days of the Condor with Lorenzo Semple, Jr. He received a César Award in 1981 for Death Watch.



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