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Ted Tally

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Name  Ted Tally

Role  Playwright
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Books  Hooters: A Play in Two Acts
Education  Yale School of Drama (1977), Yale College
Awards  Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay
Plays  Terra Nova, Little Footsteps
Movies  The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, White Palace, All the Pretty Horses, The Juror
Similar People  Kenneth Utt, Edward Saxon, Ron Bozman, Jonathan Demme, Thomas Harris

Ted Tally (born April 9, 1952) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He adapted the Thomas Harris novel The Silence of the Lambs into the Best Picture-winning film of the same name. A graduate of Yale, he has received awards including the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Writers Guild of America Award, the Chicago Film Critics Award, and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.



Born William Theodore Tally in North Carolina, Tally was educated at Yale College and the Yale School of Drama, and has also taught at each of them. His most notable credit is the screenplay for The Silence of the Lambs, which won him the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the Writers Guild of America Award, Chicago Film Critics Award and an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Other scripts include White Palace, Before and After, The Juror, All the Pretty Horses, and Horse Soldiers.

After declining to write the screenplay for Hannibal, Tally returned to the franchise to write Red Dragon. When asked by Inside Film Online why he opted not to write the screenplay for Hannibal, he responded, "For a lot of reasons. I didn't like the book. The director, Jonathan Demme, and I read it and were horrified. We didn't see how we could make a movie from it that we could be proud of and not feel sleazy about it, without making it a totally different story, which we could have done on our own. It was upsetting because we had a friendship with Tom Harris and felt we owed him a lot. But he was defensive and didn't want anything changed and it was frustrating because it would have been the biggest payday for all of us, putting us up there in Spielberg territory."

Plays and awards

Terra Nova was given a staged reading at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and staged at the Yale Repertory Theatrein 1977 and went on to win an Obie Award. Coming Attractions won the Outer Critics Circle Award. Tally's plays include Hooters, Little Footsteps, and Silver Linings. His television scripts include The Comedy Zone, Hooters, Terra Nova for BBC, and The Father Clements Story, which won him the Christopher Award. His other honors include fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Other activities

Tally is also credited as an associate producer for Mission to Mars (2000), as well as creative consultant for Madagascar (2005) and story consultant for Shrek 2 (2004).


  • The Father Clements Story (1987)
  • White Palace (1990)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)-Won Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • The Juror (1996)
  • Before and After (1996)
  • All the Pretty Horses (2000)
  • Red Dragon (2002)
  • Horse Soldiers (2018)
  • References

    Ted Tally Wikipedia

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