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Wendell Mayes (1918–1992)

Wendell Mayes was born on July 22, 1918 in Hayti, Missouri, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Anatomy of a Murder (1959), The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Death Wish (1974). He died on March 28, 1992 in Santa Monica, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Anatomy of a Murder
Death Wish
Death Wish Writer
Von Ryan's Express


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 1992 Criminal Behavior (TV Movie) (teleplay - as Wendall Mayes)
 1983 Savage in the Orient (TV Movie)
 1982 Monsignor (screenplay)
 1979 Love and Bullets (story) / (writer)
 1978 Go Tell the Spartans (writer)
 1975 Cellat (original screenplay - uncredited)
 1974 Bank Shot
 1974 Death Wish (screenplay)
 1972 The Poseidon Adventure (screenplay)
 1972 The Revengers (screenplay)
 1968 The Stalking Moon (adaptation)
 1967 Hotel (written for the screen by)
 1965 Von Ryan's Express (screenplay)
 1965 In Harm's Way (screenplay)
 1962 Advise & Consent (screenplay)
 1960 North to Alaska (uncredited)
 1960 Encounter (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Death Is a Spanish Dancer (1960) ... (writer)
 1959 Spanische Legende (TV Movie) (play)
 1959 Anatomy of a Murder (screenplay)
 1959 The Hanging Tree (screenplay)
 1958 The Hunters (screenplay)
 1958 From Hell to Texas (screenplay)
 1957 The Enemy Below (screenplay)
 1957 The Way to the Gold (screenplay)
 1957 The Spirit of St. Louis (screenplay)
  Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1956 - 1957) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1956)
- Most Blessed Woman (1957) ... (writer)
- Hang Up My Guns (1957) ... (writer)
- A Profile in Courage (1956) ... (adaptation)
- Death Is a Spanish Dancer (1956) ... (writer)
 1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Hang Up My Guns (1955)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- A Child Is Born (1951) ... (adaptation)
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Alternate Names:

Wendall Mayes

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Wendell Mayes started out as an actor. He began writing to provide a part for himself as an actor. An episode he wrote of the Ponds Theater (1953) got such a good review in a Los Angeles paper, that Billy Wilder hired him to work on the script to The Spirit of St. Louis (1957). He went on to have a very successful writing career. See more »

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