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Tom Fontana

Tom Fontana


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Born: September 12, 1951 Cause of Death:
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Fontana has received two Writers Guild of America Awards and a Peabody for his work on "Homicide: Life on the Street". He earned a Peabody, the Humanitas Prize and a Writers Guild Award (among others) while affiliated with "St. Elsewhere". He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, the State University of New York at Buffalo.

"Personally, I think there's enough of 'Prozac television,' comforting, undisturbing, gentle, huggy-squeezy television, that I would hope there's a place for a show like 'Oz'. That is, if it's grim, then I think people who like grim television deserve to have a place to go on a weekly basis and be grim if they want . . .

"If you didn't like the characters, if they didn't get in your psyche, then--and forgive me--you probably shouldn't come back." --Tom Fontana to San Francisco Eaxaminer, July 22, 1997.

"With 'Oz', I'm flying without a net. Instead of having stories that overlap, each story will last as long as that story needs to. So if we need to tell a story in fifteen minutes, we'll tell a fifteen-minute story. And then the next story may be a one-minute story, and the next a 35-minute story, within the hour. Each story lives on its own dramatic engine and is told from the perspective of a different character. I've never done it before, and as far as I know, nobody else has done it before." --Tom Fontana quoted in New York, July 14, 1997.

"I'd rather be Dennis Potter than Aaron Spelling." --Fontana quoted in Los Angeles Times, August 8, 1999.

"I've got enough Emmy Awards, I've got enough money. I've got enough of the stuff that you think you want at the end of the tally sheet. At this point in my career . . . my whole goal is to keep having fun and keep making as much trouble as I can." --Tom Fontana quoted in Los Angeles Times, August 8, 1999.

Fontana owns La Nonna, a restaurant in Manhattan.

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