|Notable work All That Jazz|
Children Jonathan Aurthur
Spouse Bea Arthur (m. 1947–1950)
Name Robert Aurthur
|Born June 10, 1922 (1922-06-10) United States|
Occupation Producer, screenwriter, film director
Died November 20, 1978, New York City, New York, United States
Books The Third Marine Division, For Love of Ivy: A Novel
Movies All That Jazz, Grand Prix, Warlock, The Lost Man, Murder and the Android
Similar People Bob Fosse, Bea Arthur, Gene Saks, Alan Heim, Giuseppe Rotunno
U.S. Steel Hour: "Man on a Mountaintop" (11/15/1961)
Robert Alan Aurthur (June 10, 1922 – November 20, 1978) was an American screenwriter, director and producer.
In the early years of television, he wrote for Studio One and then moved on to write episodes of Mister Peepers (1952–53). He followed with teleplays for Campbell Playhouse (1954), Justice (1954), Goodyear Television Playhouse (1953–54) and Producers' Showcase (1955). One of his four 1951-55 plays for Philco Television Playhouse was the Emmy-nominated A Man Is Ten Feet Tall (1955), with Don Murray and Sidney Poitier, which was adapted two years later as the theatrical film, Edge of the City (1957) with Poitier and John Cassavetes.
He did two teleplays for Playhouse 90, and one of these, A Sound of Different Drummers (3 October 1957), borrowed so heavily from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 that Bradbury sued.
After 1957, he continued to do screenplays. He was one of the writers on Spring Reunion (1957), notable as Betty Hutton's last movie, following with Warlock (1959), and his earlier association with Cassavetes led to script contributions on the actor's directorial debut with Shadows (1959). After an uncredited contribution to Lilith (1964), he scripted John Frankenheimer's Grand Prix (1966).
He wrote and directed The Lost Man (1969) about a black militant (Sidney Poitier). As the writer-producer of All That Jazz (1979) he received two posthumous Academy Award nominations.
Aurthur served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was the first husband of actress Beatrice Arthur, who also served in the Marines; they divorced in 1950 and had no children. She used a variation of his surname as her professional name.
Aurthur died of lung cancer in New York City, aged 56.