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Roald Dahl (1916–1990)


Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. He made a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. As a result, he spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. Dahl is known for how he relates suspenseful events in a simple tone. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

The Witches Writer
(1990)
(1967)
(1958-1961)

Filmography

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  Matilda (based on the book by) (announced)
  Willy Wonka (creator) (announced)
 2020 The Witches (novel) (post-production)
 2017 Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Video) (novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory")
 2016 Revolting Rhymes Part Two (TV Short) (based on the book by)
 2016 Revolting Rhymes Part One (TV Short) (based on the book by)
 2016 Welcome to the Basement (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- You Only Live Twice (2016) ... (screenplay)
 2016 The BFG (based on the book by)
 2016 In the Ruins (Short) (short story)
 2016 Lamb to the Slaughter (Short) (novel)
 2015 The Taste (Short) (based on a short story by)
 2015 Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (TV Movie) (based on the novel by)
 2013 Baa Baa Black Sheep (Short) (story)
 2013/I Cheap Thrills (short story "Man from the South" - uncredited)
 2012 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in the Playroom (Video short) (book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" - uncredited)
 2012 Bang-lure (Short) (story)
 2012 Chippendale (Short)
 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox (novel)
 2008 Three Little Pigs (Short) (writer)
 2007 Jackanory Junior (TV Series)
 2005 Imagine (TV Series documentary) (quotations - 1 episode)
- Fantastic Mr Dahl (2005) ... (quotations - uncredited)
 2005/I The Bet (Short) (story)
 2002 Lamb to the Slaughter (story)
 2000 Genesis and Catastrophe (Short) (story)
 1999 Inaudito (Short) (story)
 1997 The Enormous Crocodile (TV Movie)
 1996 Matilda (book)
 1996 James and the Giant Peach (based on the book by)
 1995 Alien Tales (Video Game) (synopsis: Matilda)
  Jackanory (TV Series) (book - 14 episodes, 1968 - 1986) (novel - 6 episodes, 1979 - 1995)
- The Twits (1995) ... (novel)
 1995 Pisvingers! (Short) (story "The Swan")
 1992 Idealnaya para (stories)
 1990 Dirty Beasts (TV Movie)
 1990 Revolting Rhymes (TV Movie)
 1990 The Magic Finger (TV Movie)
 1990 The Silent Hunt (novel)
 1990 The Witches (book)
 1989 Breaking Point (TV Movie) (novel "Beware of the Dog")
 1989 Danny the Champion of the World (TV Movie) (novel)
 1988 Velká rosáda (TV Movie) (adaptation)
  Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series) (writer - 15 episodes, 1979 - 1981) (story - 11 episodes, 1979 - 1988)
- The Surgeon (1988) ... (story)
- The Sound Machine (1981) ... (writer)
- The Boy Who Talked with Animals (1981) ... (story)
- Parson's Pleasure (1980) ... (story)
- Vengeance Is Mine Inc. (1980) ... (writer)
 1988 The Book Tower (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.1 (1988) ... (writer - segment ": "Boy")
 1987 The BFG (novel)
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1985) ... (story - segment "Man from the South")
 1984 Kobra (Short) (short story "Poison")
 1983 Kalle och chokladfabriken (TV Mini-Series) (novel)
 1976 James and the Giant Peach (TV Movie) (based upon a novel by)
 1976 Le care mogli (TV Movie) (play)
 1975 A Gigot (Short) (short story "Lamb to the Slaughter")
 1975 Hundert Mark (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Des Pfarrers Freude ... (writer)
 1975 Uit de wereld van Roald Dahl (TV Series) (story - 5 episodes)
- Een frisse duik (1975) ... (story)
- De verrassing (1975) ... (story)
- Op weg naar de hemel (1975) ... (story)
- Vergif (1975) ... (story)
- De weddenschap (1975) ... (story)
 1974 Genesis and Catastrophe (Short) (short story "Genesis and Catastrophe")
 1973 Et lite grøss? (TV Mini-Series) (short story "The Landlady" - 1 episode)
- Vertinnen (1973) ... (short story "The Landlady")
 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") / (screenplay)
 1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (screenplay)
 1968 Late Night Horror (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- William and Mary (1968) ... (writer)
 1967 You Only Live Twice (screenplay)
 1967 Teatterituokio (TV Series) (short story "Taste" - 1 episode)
- Maku (1967) ... (short story "Taste")
  Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes, 1965) (writer - 1 episode, 1967)
- Taste (1967) ... (writer)
- Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat (1965) ... (story)
- Parson's Pleasure (1965) ... (story)
 1966 Des Pfarrers Freude (TV Movie) (story)
 1964 36 Hours (story "Beware of the Dog")
 1962 That Was the Week That Was (TV Series)
 1961 'Way Out (TV Series) (by - 1 episode)
- William and Mary (1961) ... (by)
  Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (based on a story by - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1961) (story - 2 episodes, 1958) (story by - 1 episode, 1960) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1958)
- The Landlady (1961) ... (based on a story by)
- Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat (1960) ... (based on a story by)
- Man from the South (1960) ... (story by)
- Poison (1958) ... (story)
- Dip in the Pool (1958) ... (based on a story by)
 1959 Rendezvous (TV Series) (short story: "Beware of the Dog" - 1 episode)
- Blind Landing (1959) ... (short story: "Beware of the Dog")
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Way Up to Heaven (1958) ... (story)
 1956 Le coup du berger (Short) (story - uncredited)
 1955 Cameo Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Man from the South (1955) ... (story)
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Taste (1955) ... (story)
 1954 Danger (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- A Dip in the Pool (1954) ... (story)
 1954 The Philip Morris Playhouse (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Taste (1954) ... (story)
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Taste (1952) ... (story)
 1952 CBS Television Workshop (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Sound Machine (1952) ... (story)
 1950 Suspense (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Poison (1950) ... (story)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(2016 to 2017 season) His play, "James and the Giant Peach," was performed at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Diane Paulus was artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 8 Articles | See more »


Height:

6' 6" (1.98 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[1988 interview with Todd McCormack] When you're writing a book, with people in it as opposed to animals, it is no good having people who are ordinary, because they are not going to interest your readers at all. Every writer in the world has to use the characters that have something interesting about them and this is even more true in children's books. I find that the only way to make my ... See more »

Trivia:

Wrote two screenplays based on books by Ian Fleming: You Only Live Twice (1967) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). Coincidentally, Fleming's cousin, Christopher Lee, appears in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), based on Dahl's book. He also appears in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), which is named after a word Dahl coined. See more »

Trademark:

Villains are often adults who hate children See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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