David Mamet

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  • Birth Name: David Alan Mamet
  • Birth Place: Flossmoor, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/30/1947, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Playwright; screenwriter; director
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David Mamet Fast Facts:
  • Chaired the student disciplinary committee in high school; also acted and played football.
  • As a teenager, acted in Jewish instructional films (an uncle was the broadcast chairman of the Chicago Board of Rabbis), and worked backstage at Chicago theaters and as a Second City busboy.
  • Began writing the plays Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Duck Variations and Reunion while a student at Goddard College.
  • His post-college job at a Chicago real-estate company provided material for the Pulitzer-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.
  • After college, taught drama at Goddard; students included William H. Macy.
  • Directed first wife, Lindsay Crouse, in his movie directorial debut, House of Games (1987); directed second wife, Rebecca Pidgeon, in a number of plays and movies, including the 1991 crime thriller Homicide.
  • Published a book of poetry, The Hero Pony, in 1990; published first novel, The Village, in 1994.
  • David Mamet Relationships:
  • Bernard Morris Mamet - Father
  • Willa Mamet - Daughter
  • Lindsay Crouse - Ex-wife
  • Bob Mamet - Half Brother
  • Tony Mamet - Half Brother
  • Zosia Mamet - Daughter
  • Noah Mamet - Son
  • Bernard Kleiman - Stepfather
  • Rebecca Pidgeon - Wife
  • Clara Mamet - Daughter
  • Lenore June Silver - Mother
  • Lynn Mamet - Sister
  • David Mamet Awards:
  • 1998 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay - Nominee
  • 1982 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Nominee
  • 1988 Tony: Play - Nominee
  • 1984 Tony: Play - Nominee
  • 1988 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - Nominee
  • 1997 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Nominee
  • 1983 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • College:
  • Goddard College, Plainfield, VT (BA in English Literature, 1969)

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