Well-known for his novel-turned-screenplay Light Hunter Black Center, he’s also known for his screenwriting contributions to Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur and John Huston’s The African Queen and We Were Strangers. Twelve months before graduating from Dartmouth University, he released his debut book, The Canyon. Through the Globe Battle II years, he enlisted within the U.S. Sea Corps and eventually proved helpful for the U.S. Workplace of Strategic Providers (OSS). Viertel’s entire body and demeanor motivated Robert Redford’s portrayal of Hubbell Gardiner within the strike 1973 film JUST HOW We Were. Among three sons blessed to Austrian-Jewish authors Berthold and Salka Viertel, Peter Viertel spent his start in Dresden, Germany, and the majority of his youth in Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. Along with his initial wife, celebrity Virginia Ray (a.k.a. Jigee Viertel), he previously a daughter called Christine. His second relationship, to screen celebrity Deborah Kerr, lasted from 1960 until Kerr’s loss of life in Oct of 2007 (he passed away simply three weeks afterwards). He modified two of Ernest Hemingway’s books, SUNLIGHT Also Rises as well as the Aged Man and the ocean, into 1950s movies of the same game titles.
|1||Stepfather-in-law of John Shrapnel.|
|2||Step-grandfather of Joe Shrapnel, Lex Shrapnel and Tom Shrapnel.|
|3||Stepfather of Francesca Shrapnel and Melanie Bartley.|
|4||Brother-in-law of Ted Trimmer.|
|5||In his memoir, "Dangerous Friends", Viertel states that although he was separated from his first wife since 1952, he did not actually get a legal divorce. When his first wife died in Jan. 1960, Peter then married Deborah Kerr 6 months later (on the day after Kerr's own divorce was legally finalized). Veirtel wrote that on his marriage certificate to Kerr, for his "status" he filled in the word "widower", because it was true. Peter Veirtel and his first wife, Jigee, had one daughter, Christine, born in 1952.|
|6||Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Volume 52, pages 449-451. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1996.|
|7||His first wife had been married to writer Budd Schulberg.|
|8||Died 20 days after the death of his wife, actress Deborah Kerr. It was said that her death affected him immensely.|
|9||His 1950s novel, "White Hunter, Black Heart" is, by his own admission, a thinly-disguised account of his adventures whilst working uncredited on the script of The African Queen (1951), and, in White Hunter Black Heart (1990), the 1990 film version, Jeff Fahey plays "Peter Verrill", an obvious self-portrait.|
|10||Viertel is also, some have alleged, the model for the character played by Robert Redford in The Way We Were (1973), whilst the Barbra Streisand character in the same film is said to be based on his first wife, Jigee.|
|11||Is thought to have made uncredited contributions to the screenplay of The Journey (1959).|
|12||Son of writer/actress Salka Viertel and writer Berthold Viertel.|
|White Hunter Black Heart||1990||novel / screenplay|
|Le couteau dans la plaie||1962||adaptation / screenplay|
|The Old Man and the Sea||1958||writer|
|The Night Heaven Fell||1958||uncredited|
|The Sun Also Rises||1957||screenplay|
|The Survivors||1957||TV Movie|
|Lux Video Theatre||1957||TV Series original screenplay - 1 episode|
|Beat the Devil||1953||screenplay collaboration - uncredited|
|The African Queen||1951||uncredited|
|Decision Before Dawn||1951||screenplay|
|Studio One in Hollywood||1950||TV Series story - 1 episode|
|We Were Strangers||1949||screenplay|
|The Search||1948||draft - uncredited|
|The Hard Way||1943||screen play|
|Saboteur||1942||original screen play|
|Greta Garbo: A Lone Star||2001||TV Movie documentary||Himself (uncredited)|
|Orson Welles en el país de Don Quijote||2000||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
|Àngels de nit||1996||TV Series||Himself|
|¡Qué grande es el cine!||1995||TV Series||Himself|
|Moving Pictures||1995||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|The David Frost Show||1971||TV Series||Himself|
|The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||1964-1971||TV Series||Himself / Himself - Guest|
|Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles||2014||Documentary||Himself|
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