Writer Ira Wallach has penned novels, many on and off Broadway plays, and some notable feature films, including the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Hot Millions (1968), which also won him and co-writer Peter Ustinov the Writer's Guild of Great Britain award for comedy screenplay. Wallach began his sterling career when he published the novel The Horn in the Rose (1947). His subsequent novels, like Hopalong-Freud Rides Again, and How to Be Deliriously Happy, were decidedly satirical. Wallach's better-known plays include Drink to Me Only (1958) and Smiling, the Boy Fell Dead (1961). In 1962, Wallach penned the screenplay for the comedy Boys Night Out, starring James Garner, Kim Novak and Tony Randall. Wallach died of pneumonia on December 1995, following a stroke.
by Sandra Brennan biography