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John Osborne

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United kingdom playwright who wrote Look Back Anger which initially was bombarded by negativity until probably one of the most important critics of that time period praised it. He attempted trade journalism for a while and immediately after became a stage supervisor and acting professional while wanting to create plays. He do appear on display, mostly later on in his existence, in Television series like the Parachute and incredibly Just like a Whale. He also acted inside a select amount of movies, including a proper remembered efficiency in Obtain Carter in 1971. He wedded five instances in mostly unsatisfied unions and got multiple affairs. He and Raymond Burr both got a job in Tomorrow Under no circumstances Comes.

Quick Facts


Full Name John Osborne
Date Of Birth December 12, 1929
Died December 24, 1994, Clun, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession TV Actor
Nationality British
Spouse Helen Osborne, Jill Bennett, Penelope Gilliatt, Mary Ure, Pamela Lane
Children Nolan Osborne
Parents Nellie Beatrice, Thomas Godfrey Osborne
Awards Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Tony Award for Best Play, BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play
Music Groups Brothers Osborne
Nominations Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival, Laurence Olivier Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement
Movies The Entertainer, Get Carter, Tom Jones, Look Back in Anger, Flash Gordon, Colonel Redl, Inadmissible Evidence, The Charge of the Light Brigade, God Rot Tunbridge Wells!, Luther, First Love, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Tomorrow Never Comes, England, My England, The Chairman's Wife, A Better Class of Person
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1Despite the great success of his early plays, Osborne was in debt to the tune of some £300,000 at the time of his death.
2Upon his death, his remains were interred at St. George Churchyard in Clun, Shropshire, England.
3Awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writer's Guild of Great Britain.
4Was once married to British actress Jill Bennett.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hotel in Amsterdam2004TV Movie
Milosc i gniew1996play
England, My England1995
PerformanceTV Series play - 1 episode, 1993 screenplay - 1 episode, 1993
Look Back in Anger1989TV Movie written by
God Rot Tunbridge Wells!1985TV Movie written by
Colonel Redl1985inspired by - play "A Patriot for Me"
A Better Class of Person1985TV Movie
Hotel in Kopenhagen1984TV Movie play "The Hotel in Amsterdam"
Hedda Gabler1981TV Movie adaptation
Look Back in Anger1980TV Movie play
Very Like a Whale1980TV Movie
ITV Playhouse1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
Au théâtre ce soir1979TV Series play - 1 episode
BBC Play of the MonthTV Series play - 2 episodes, 1965 - 1976 dramatised by - 1 episode, 1976
Almost a Vision1976TV Movie
The Entertainer1976TV Movie play
The Gift of Friendship1974TV Movie
Late Night Drama1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
Un bon patriote1974TV Movie play "A Patriot For Me"
Estudio 11974TV Series play - 1 episode
Luther1974play
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1971TV Series writer - 1 episode
Play for Today1970TV Series writer - 1 episode
Skandal1969TV Movie play
Se dig om i vrede1969TV Movie play "Look Back in Anger"
Ricorda con rabbia1969TV Movie play
De humorist1968TV Movie
Inadmissible Evidence1968play / screenplay
The Charge of the Light Brigade1968uncredited
Luther1968TV Movie play
O Tempo e a Ira1967TV Movie play
The Present Stage1966TV Series play "Look Back In Anger" - 2 episodes
Luther1964TV Movie play
Tom Jones1963screenplay
BBC Sunday-Night Play1960TV Mini-Series play - 1 episode
The Entertainer1960play / screenplay
Look Back in Anger1959additional dialogue / play
Blick zurück im Zorn1958TV Movie play "Look Back in Anger"
ITV Play of the Week1956TV Series play - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Better Class of Person1985TV MovieNarrator
Flash Gordon1980Arborian Priest
Tomorrow Never Comes1978Lyne
Supernatural1977TV Mini-SeriesEdward Manners
Get Carter1971Cyril Kinnear
The Chairman's Wife1971ShortBernard Howe
First Love1970Maidanov
The First Night of 'Pygmalion'1969TV MovieHerbert Beerbohm Tree
Half Hour Story1968TV SeriesMartin
BBC Play of the Month1968TV SeriesWerner Roger
Thirty-Minute Theatre1966TV SeriesHarry Steadman
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1955TV SeriesMilitary recruit / Military Recruit
Robin Hood1953TV Mini-Series
Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School1952TV SeriesWingate - Prefect

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Entertainer1960lyrics: "Why Should I Care?", "Hide Your Face, Mum", "Thank God I'm Normal" - uncredited
Look Back in Anger1959lyrics: "Music Hal Song"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood U.K.1993TV Series documentaryHimself - Contributor
The South Bank Show1978-1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Time with Betjeman1983TV Series documentaryHimself
Great Performances1983TV SeriesHimself
The Levin Interviews1981TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus1981TV Series documentaryHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Arena1976TV Series documentaryHimself
Face to Face1962TV SeriesHimself
A Sunday in September1961TV Movie documentaryHimself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z1959TV SeriesHimself
Contact1957TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's So...2016TV Series documentaryHimself
The 60s: The Beatles Decade2006TV Series documentaryHimself
John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship2006VideoHimself
Heroes of Comedy1995-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985TV SeriesHimself
Tuesday's Documentary1975TV Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumTom Jones (1963)
1964BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ScreenplayTom Jones (1963)
1964Writers' Guild of Great Britain AwardWriters' Guild of Great BritainBest British Comedy ScreenplayTom Jones (1963)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1961BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ScreenplayThe Entertainer (1960)· Nigel Kneale


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#Quote
1I never had lunch in Brighton without wanting to take a woman to bed in the afternoon.
2To be tentative was beyond me. It usually is.
3'May 8th is the one unforgettable feast in my calendar. My father, Thomas Godfrey Osborne, was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, on May 8th. . . .The Second World War ended on 8 May 1945, a date which now passes as unremembered as 4 August 1914. On 8 May 1956, my first play to be produced in London, Look Back in Anger, had its opening at the Royal Court Theatre.'
4I have been upbraided constantly for a crude, almost animal inability to dissemble.
5It's deep honesty which distinguishes a gentleman. He knows how to revel in life and have no expectations - and fear death at all times
6I want people to see life through my mirror, to feel my image. If it gets as far as that, if they feel, then I've made my contribution. What they do with those feelings afterwards is somebody else's business. Politicians. Journalists. Those sort of people.
7we need a new feeling as much as we need a new language. . . . Out of the feeling will come the language
8I do not like the kind of society in which I find myself. I like it less and less. I love the theatre more and more because I know that it is what I always dreamed it might be: a weapon. I am sure that it can be one of the decisive weapons of our time.
9Some actors are little better than strolling psychopaths.

#Trademark
1Credited with creating the "angry young man" prototype in theatre and later, cinema.


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