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John Michael Hayes

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Also Known As: Died: November 19, 2008
Born: May 11, 1919 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Writer ...
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Was a sickly child, spending much of his youth suffering with a series of illnesses
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In early 1930s, family relocated from Michigan to New Hampshire and later Worcester, Massachusetts
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While still in his teens, hired as a cub reporter at the Worcester <i>Telegram</i>
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Left newspaper reporting to work as an editor and feature writer for radio
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After college, worked as editor of daytime serials for Proctor and Gamble
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Drafted into the US Army during WWII; spent part of time entertaining troops by recreating his father's vaudeville act
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Moved to California after WWII to pursue career as a radio writer
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Wrote for the radio series "The Whistler" and "Twelve Players"
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Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis; hospitalized for a year and a half at a veterans' facility in Massachusetts
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Returned to California
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Hired as a writer on "My Favorite Husband", starring Lucille Ball
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Wrote for radio shows including "Amos and Andy", "Alias Jane Doe" and "The Adventures of Sam Spade"
1952:
First produced screenplay, "Red Ball Express"
1954:
First script directed by Alfred Hitchcock, "Rear Window"; nominated for an Academy Award
1955:
Wrote two screenplays filmed by Hitchcock, "The Trouble With Harry" and "To Catch a Thief"
1956:
Last collaboration with Hitchcock, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
1957:
Penned the adaptation of "Peyton Place"; earned second Oscar nomination
1958:
Adapted Thornton Wilder's play "The Matchmaker" into a feature film
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Moved to Maine
1960:
Scripted "Butterfield 8", adapted from stories by John O'Hara
1962:
Began association with Joseph E Levine and Embassy Pictures
1964:
Had two screenplay adaptations produced, "The Chalk Garden" and "The Carpetbaggers"
1966:
Wrote the original story and the screenplay for the Western "Nevada Smith"
1973:
Penned the screenplay for "Walking Tall", the biography of Sheriff Buford Pusser; opted to remove name from credits
1974:
First script for a TV-movie, "Winter Kill" (ABC)
1975:
Produced and wrote pilot episode for a proposed NBC series based on "Nevada Smith"
1980:
First feature script after 14-year pause, "Champagne for Breakfast"
1988:
Wrote the teleplay for the CBS biopic "Pancho Barnes"
1988:
Taught film studies and screenwriting at Dartmouth College
1994:
Wrote "Iron Will"

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