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Alex Haley

Biography

Author who also received a Pulitzer Reward for Origins: The Saga of the American Family members. He also received the Anisfield-Wolf Publication Honor for his focus on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He began monitoring at Alcorn Condition University or college in his mid-teens and later on used in Elizabeth City Condition College. He remaining school to become listed on the armed service and he offered in the Coastline Safeguard for twenty-one years, 1st as chaos attendant and later on like a Petty Official Third Course. He co-wrote Malcolm X’s autobiography. He was created in Ithaca, NY to Alabama A&M agriculture teacher, Simon Haley. He was wedded 3 x: to Nannie Branch, Juliette Collins, and Myra Lewis. He previously two daughters, Cynthia and Lydia, along with a child, William. He once interviewed jazz musician Kilometers Davis for Playboy Publication.

Quick Facts


Full Name Alex Haley
Date Of Birth August 11, 1921
Died February 10, 1992, Seattle, Washington, United States
Place Of Birth Ithaca, NY
Profession Autobiographer
Education Alcorn State University, Elizabeth City State University
Nationality American
Spouse Myra Lewis, Juliette Collins, Nannie Branch
Children Cynthia Haley, Lydia Haley, William Alex Haley
Parents Simon Haley, Bertha George Haley
Siblings George W. Haley, Julius Haley, Lois Butts Haley
Awards Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
Movies Mama Flora's Family, Malcolm X, Super Fly T.N.T.
TV Shows Roots, Roots: The Next Generations, Dialogue With Black Filmmakers
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1The characters Alex and Haley Dunphy on Modern Family are named after him.
2While researching his family in Africa, he was driven to an outlying village where his ancestor had come from. A crowd was waiting there, and they chanted in a language Haley didn't understand. When he asked his guide for a translation, the man replied, "They are saying, 'A son of the village has returned.'"
3In 1983 he announced his intention to write a book about the true people of the Smoky Mountains, tentatively titled "Sitting in the Appalachians". The book never materialized, however.
4While in the Coast Guard he submitted articles and short stories to various magazines, and posted his rejection slips on the walls of his cabin, and eventually in the galley when he ran out of wall-space in his own quarters.
5The most amusing rejection slip he got stated, "Thanks, but this doesn't jell for us."
6While negotiating with Reader's Digest over their publication of Roots, he was flown out to the company headquarters on their private jet. While sipping the company's scotch and eating their complimentary nuts he thought to himself, "I guess it finally jelled!"
7He may also be the only modern writer of note to have a warship named after him. The 283-foot Medium Endurance Cutter Alex Haley (WMEC-39) was commissioned on 10 July, 1999, and is homeported in Kodiak, Alaska. Ship's missions include fisheries patrol, search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection, and homeland security in the North Pacific.
8Godfather to Malcom X's daughter Attallah Shabazz
9Had three children two daughters, and one son.
10The only person in the history of PLAYBOY magazine to appear both as an interviewer and a celebrity interviewee.
11Several hundred copies of his book "Roots" had to be recalled from the publisher because they had been accidentally bound with covers meant for "Gone With The Wind".
12Two men he interviewed, Black Muslim leader Malcolm X and American Nazi Party founder George Lincoln Rockwell, were both assassinated.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roots2016TV Mini-Series based upon the book by - 4 episodes
Mama Flora's Family1998TV Mini-Series book - 2 episodes
QueenTV Mini-Series based upon a story by - 2 episodes, 1993 story - 1 episode, 1993
Malcolm X1992book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"
Palmerstown, U.S.A.TV Series teleplay - 3 episodes, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980
Roots: The Next GenerationsTV Mini-Series books "Roots" and "Search" - 6 episodes, 1979 book "Roots and Search" - 1 episode, 1979
Roots1977TV Mini-Series book - 8 episodes
Super Fly T.N.T.1973screenplay
Malcolm X1972Documentary book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Palmerstown, U.S.A.TV Series executive producer - 16 episodes, 1980 - 1981 producer - 1 episode, 1980

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roots: The Next Generations1979TV Mini-Series consultant - 7 episodes
Roots1977TV Mini-Series consultant - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Remembering 'Roots'2002Video documentary short dedicatee
When We Were Kings1996Documentary in memory of
Malcolm X1992in memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Experience1994TV Series documentaryHimself - Biographer
Alex Haley1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time1992DocumentaryHimself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones1990DocumentaryHimself
Frank Sinatra: Portrait of an Album1985VideoHimself (uncredited)
Conversations with Roy DeCarava1983Short documentaryNarrator
EPCOT Center: The Opening Celebration1982TV SpecialHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1982TV SeriesHimself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Limited Series
Today1980TV SeriesHimself
Roots: The Next Generations1979TV Mini-SeriesHimself
General Electric's All-Star Anniversary1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay
Tony Brown's Journal1978TV SeriesHimself
Roots: One Year Later1978TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1977TV SeriesHimself - Author
Parkinson1977TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Author, 'Roots'
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHimself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories2008VideoHimself
Roots Remembered2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardMalcolm X (1992)· Arnold Perl (screenwriter)
· Spike Lee (screenwriter)
· Malcolm X (author)


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#Quote
1Nobody can do for little children what grandparents can do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle dust over the lives of little children.


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