William Broyles Jr.

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William Broyles Jr. was born on October 8, 1944 in Harris County, Texas, USA as William Dodson Broyles Jr. He is known for his work on Apollo 13 (1995), Cast Away (2000) and Flags of our Fathers (2006). He is married to Andrea Bettina Berndt. They have three children. He was previously married to Linda Purl and Sybil Ann Newman. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Apollo 13 Writer
Cast Away Writer


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  Seveneves (screenplay) (announced)
  The Lifeboat (screenplay) (announced)
  Six (TV Series) (created by - 18 episodes, 2017 - 2018) (written by - 2 episodes, 2017)
- Danger Close (2018) ... (creator - as William Broyles)
- The Reckoning (2018) ... (creator - as William Broyles)
- Scorpions in a Bottle (2018) ... (creator - as William Broyles)
- FUBAR (2018) ... (creator - as William Broyles)
- Indian Country (2018) ... (creator - as William Broyles)
 2006 Flags of our Fathers (screenplay)
 2005 Jarhead (screenplay - as William D. Broyles Jr.)
 2004 The Polar Express (screenplay)
 2002 Unfaithful (screenplay)
 2001 Planet of the Apes (screenplay)
 2000 Cast Away (written by)
 1999 Entrapment (screenplay - as William Broyles)
 1995/I Apollo 13 (screenplay)
 1993 J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (TV Mini-Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... (teleplay)
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... (teleplay)
 1991 Before the Storm (TV Movie) (creator)
 1991 Under Cover (TV Movie) (written by)
  China Beach (TV Series) (creator - 61 episodes, 1988 - 1991) (writer - 2 episodes, 1988) (written by - 1 episode, 1988) (story - 1 episode, 1988) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1988)
- Hello Goodbye (1991) ... (creator)
- Through and Through (1991) ... (creator)
- Rewind (1991) ... (creator)
- Quest (1991) ... (creator)
- The Always Goodbye (1991) ... (creator)
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Other Works:

Article: "Of Lust And Arms", "Playboy" (USA), June 1993, p.94-96+172-173.

Alternate Names:

William D. Broyles Jr. | William Broyles

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A character in his screenplay is technologically dependent but is cast into a situation where he must rely on his instincts and intuition, rather than his technical know-how (Cast Away (2000), Apollo 13 (1995), Planet of the Apes (2001)). This is based on his experience as a Marine infantry lieutenant in Vietnam.

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