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April 27, 1996 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stirling Silliphant, the prolific compulsive writer who won an Academy Award for his 1967 screenplay "In the Heat of the Night" and critical praise for his television detective series "Naked City," died Friday. He was 78. Silliphant died of prostate cancer in Bangkok, Thailand, where he had lived since 1988.
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April 27, 1996 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stirling Silliphant, the prolific compulsive writer who won an Academy Award for his 1967 screenplay "In the Heat of the Night" and critical praise for his television detective series "Naked City," died Friday. He was 78. Silliphant died of prostate cancer in Bangkok, Thailand, where he had lived since 1988.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 1994 | DANIEL CERONE, Daniel Cerone is a Times staff writer
Stirling Silliphant, a fixture in the entertainment industry for three decades, disappeared from Hollywood six years ago. He was one of the industry's most prolific screenwriters, winning an Academy Award for 1967's "In the Heat of the Night," the racial thriller starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1994
I'm sure it was not Daniel Cerone's fault, but there are many inaccuracies in his article "Expatriate Games" (March 6): I did not do any acting in the film "Day of Reckoning," nor was I ever interested in doing such. I was the co-creator and co-executive producer of this Paramount Studios-NBC movie. The article suggests my partner Stirling Silliphant and I are at "odds" over the production, the deal-making and the results of the final product. Nothing could be further from the truth.
NEWS
January 3, 1988
Orchids to writer Stirling Silliphant and onions to Terry Atkinson regarding his review (Calendar, Dec. 17) of "The Three Kings." It's amazing how Atkinson could write with such venom in his heart. He must be terribly allergic to words like Jesus, Christ child, love, hearts of men, etc., to ridicule the movie from start to finish. I found the movie to be just the opposite of what he wrote. It was a beautiful, cleverly told story and a joy to watch. Chrisie Vaichis, Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1994
I'm sure it was not Daniel Cerone's fault, but there are many inaccuracies in his article "Expatriate Games" (March 6): I did not do any acting in the film "Day of Reckoning," nor was I ever interested in doing such. I was the co-creator and co-executive producer of this Paramount Studios-NBC movie. The article suggests my partner Stirling Silliphant and I are at "odds" over the production, the deal-making and the results of the final product. Nothing could be further from the truth.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 1985 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
The mark of the really compulsive writer is that you never retire, never even contemplate it, because it would feel like retiring from joy, or from breathing. Writers are wrenched away from their yellow legal pads or their keyboards only by superior forces, like death. Stirling Silliphant has always seemed to me to fit the profile of the compulsive writer, drawn to writing not only by the profitability, which in his case has been considerable, but by the singular pleasure of it.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1990 | From United Press International
Screenwriter Sued Over Cook Plot: United National Pictures sued Stirling Silliphant and Stirling Silliphant Productions on Wednesday, claiming that the screenwriter agreed to write a six-hour miniseries on the life of Captain James Cook, then failed to deliver it by Jan. 1 as promised. Silliphant never signed the written contract agreeing to do the job but accepted a $50,000 advance, the suit says.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
NBC Books 'Pearl': NBC will lead up to the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by airing "Pearl," the 1978 miniseries that originally aired on ABC. Angie Dickinson, Robert Wagner, Dennis Weaver and Lesley Ann Warren star in the drama that will be telecast in four parts on Dec. 3, 4, 6 and 7. "Pearl" is based on the book by Academy Award winner Stirling Silliphant.
TRAVEL
November 4, 1990
Nuts! You've done it again. You just can't keep a secret, can you. This time it's Hua-Hin, Thailand ("A Royal Retreat," Traveling in Style, Oct. 21). Back in the 1960s, when I discovered Hua-Hin, it was a beautiful escape from the then-less-crowded Bangkok. Last time I was there, it was all the nicer, especially after a couple weeks in the Bangkok of the 1980s. So now you tell the world about Hua-Hin. It's a great service to your readers and I guess that's what you strive for, but if it's overrun with tourists in the 1990s, I'll have to lay some of the blame on Stirling Silliphant's fine story.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 1994 | DANIEL CERONE, Daniel Cerone is a Times staff writer
Stirling Silliphant, a fixture in the entertainment industry for three decades, disappeared from Hollywood six years ago. He was one of the industry's most prolific screenwriters, winning an Academy Award for 1967's "In the Heat of the Night," the racial thriller starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.
NEWS
January 3, 1988
Orchids to writer Stirling Silliphant and onions to Terry Atkinson regarding his review (Calendar, Dec. 17) of "The Three Kings." It's amazing how Atkinson could write with such venom in his heart. He must be terribly allergic to words like Jesus, Christ child, love, hearts of men, etc., to ridicule the movie from start to finish. I found the movie to be just the opposite of what he wrote. It was a beautiful, cleverly told story and a joy to watch. Chrisie Vaichis, Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 1985 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
The mark of the really compulsive writer is that you never retire, never even contemplate it, because it would feel like retiring from joy, or from breathing. Writers are wrenched away from their yellow legal pads or their keyboards only by superior forces, like death. Stirling Silliphant has always seemed to me to fit the profile of the compulsive writer, drawn to writing not only by the profitability, which in his case has been considerable, but by the singular pleasure of it.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 1996
Mercer Ellington, 76, Jan. 8 Don Simpson, 52, Jan. 19 Gerry Mulligan, 68, Jan. 20 Jerry Siegel, 81, Jan. 28 Gene Kelly, 83, Feb. 2 Audrey Meadows, 69, Feb. 3 Martin Balsam, 76, Feb. 13 McLean Stevenson, 66, Feb. 15 Brownie McGhee, 80, Feb. 16 Morton Gould, 82, Feb. 20 Haing S. Ngor, 55, Feb.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1987 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
"Over the Top" (citywide) is the 12th Sylvester Stallone movie, and, over those years, the form has set like cement. However, this one, a very, very simple story climaxing in a Las Vegas arm-wrestling contest, must qualify as a worst-case scenario. Theoretically, it's a heart-tugger about a down-on-his-luck trucker and his snobbish, estranged 12-year-old son who learn to be great chums and teach one another about life. It has millionaire grandfathers and expiring mothers.
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