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Clifford Irving (1930–2017)

Clifford Irving was born on November 5, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Clifford Michael Irving. He was a writer, known for Fake!, The Hoax (2006) and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963). He was married to Julie Anne Schall, Edith Sommer, Fay Brooke Ward, Claire Lydon, Nina Wilcox and Maureen Earl. He died on December 19, 2017 in... See full bio »

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Fake! Writer
The Hoax Writer
Bonanza Writer


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 2006 The Hoax (book "The Hoax")
 2000 The Spring (TV Movie) (novel "The Spring")
 1992 Trial: The Price of Passion (TV Movie) (book "Trial")
 1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Four Kings (1963) ... (story)
 1962 Bonanza (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Guilty (1962) ... (written by)
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 1997 Almost True: The Noble Art of Forgery (Documentary) (special thanks)
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 1979 V.I.P.-Schaukel (TV Series documentary)
- Episode #9.3 (1979) ... Himself
 1976 Orson Welles' F for Fake Trailer (Short)
 1974 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
- Episode #13.214 (1974) ... Himself
 1973 F for Fake (Documentary)
 1972 The Dick Cavett Show (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Episode dated 12 September 1972 (1972) ... Himself - Guest
 1972 60 Minutes (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Forger (segment "Clifford Irving, Actor of the Year") / Himself - Forger (segment "Fake!")
- Four Young Americans/Giovanni Agnelli/Clifford Irving, Actor of the Year (1972) ... Himself - Forger (segment "Clifford Irving, Actor of the Year")
- Fake!/The Unholy War/Skiing (1972) ... Himself - Forger (segment "Fake!")
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 2000 History's Mysteries (TV Series documentary)
- The Mysterious Howard Hughes (2000) ... Himself
 1992 American Justice (TV Series documentary)
 1986 Great Crimes of the Century (Video documentary)

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Other Works:

Novel: "Tom Mix and Pancho Villa"

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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A criminal trial is like a Russian novel: it starts with exasperating slowness as the characters are introduced to a jury, then there are complications in the form of minor witnesses, the protagonist finally appears and contradictions arise to produce drama, and finally as both jury and spectators grow weary and confused the pace quickens, reaching its climax in passionate final argument.


His fictional biography of Howard Hughes was indirectly the cause of the famous Watergate scandal. While writing the book, he received information about Hughes giving a loan to Richard Nixon's brother Donald to help him obtain contracts with The Pentagon. Nixon had been plagued by scandalous rumors about this incident, and the book threatened to show proof of impropriety. Even though the book was... See more »

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