Alvin Sargent

Active - 1953 - 2012  |   Born - Jan 1, 1931   |   Genres - Drama, Romance, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Screenwriter Alvin Sargent graduated from the TV-series mills to theatrical features with his script for the 1966 Shirley MacLaine/Michael Caine comedy Gambit. Sargent's more laudable film writing credits include The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), Straight Time (1978), White Palace (1990), and What About Bob? He was Oscar nominated for his work on Peter Bogdanovich's Paper Moon. Alvin Sargent went on to win an Academy Award for Ordinary People (1980), and both an Oscar and a British Film Association award for Julia (1977).

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