30 Facts About David Mamet

1. David Mamet penned the script for Hannibal, the film sequel to Silence of the Lambs.

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2. In 1994, on the heels of The Cryptogram, David Mamet published his first novel, The Village.

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3. In 1979 David Mamet was given his first opportunity to write a screenplay.

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4. David Mamet emerged as a nationally acclaimed playwright with his 1975 two-act American Buffalo.

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5. David Mamet turned to comedy with State and Main, in which a movie crew invades a sleepy Vermont town.

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6. David Mamet continued his string of Hollywood successes with the screenplay adaptation for The Untouchables in 1987, and for Things Change in 1988, dealing with a mob scam.

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7. David Mamet turned to the theater itself for the inspiration for his 1976 A Life in the Theater, a play about play-making.

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8. David Mamet scored his first success with these two short plays, but emerged as a nationally acclaimed playwright with his 1975 two-act, American Buffalo.

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9. David Mamet received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross (1984), for which he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

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10. David Mamet was widely regarded as one of the finest American writers for stage and screen.

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11. David Mamet continues to direct films and write plays, essays, and screenplays.

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12. In 1971 David Mamet began teaching drama at Goddard and wrote several plays.

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13. David Mamet created and wrote The Unit, a television drama that centred on the activities of a secret US Army unit.

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14. David Mamet has written screenplays, three novels, several nonfiction pieces, and children's stories.

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15. David Mamet wrote an article for the November 2012 issue of The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles imploring fellow Jewish Americans to vote for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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16. David Mamet has spoken in interviews of changes in his views, highlighting his agreement with free market theorists such as Friedrich Hayek the historian Paul Johnson, and economist Thomas Sowell, whom Mamet called "one of our greatest minds".

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17. In 2007, David Mamet directed two television commercials for Ford Motor Company.

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18. David Mamet directed a third-season episode of The Shield with Shawn Ryan.

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19. David Mamet is the creator, producer and frequent writer of the television series The Unit, where he wrote a well-circulated memo to the writing staff.

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20. David Mamet wrote the "Wasted Weekend" episode of Hill Street Blues that aired in 1987.

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21. David Mamet published Three War Stories, a collection of novellas, on November 11, 2013.

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22. On May 1, 2010, David Mamet released a graphic novel The Trials of Roderick Spode.

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23. In 1990 David Mamet published The Hero Pony, a 55-page collection of poetry.

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24. In 1987, David Mamet made his film directing debut with his screenplay House of Games, which won Best Film and Best Screenplay awards at the 1987 Venice Film Festival and the Film of the Year in 1989 from the London Critics Circle Film Awards.

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25. In 2002, David Mamet was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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26. David Mamet was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for Glengarry Glen Ross, which received its first Broadway revival in the summer of 2005.

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27. David Mamet worked as an actor, editor for Oui magazine and as a cab-driver.

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28. David Mamet was born in 1947 in Chicago to Lenore June, a teacher, and Bernard Morris Mamet, a labor attorney.

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29. David Mamet was the executive producer and frequent writer for the TV show The Unit.

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30. David Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for his plays Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow (1988).

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