21 Facts About Harold Pinter

1. Harold Pinter quoted Father John Metcalf speaking to Raymond Seitz, then Minister at the US Embassy in London, "My parishioners [in Nicaragua] built a school, a health centre, a cultural centre.

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2. Harold Pinter received the World Leaders Award for "Creative Genius" as the subject of a week-long "Homage" in Toronto, in October 2001.

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3. Harold Pinter participated both as an actor, as Nicolas in One for the Road, and as a director of a double bill pairing his last play, Celebration, with his first play, The Room.

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4. Harold Pinter left it behind him and he didn't look back.

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5. Harold Pinter adapted it as a screenplay for television in 1992, directing that production, first broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 on 17 November 1992.

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6. Harold Pinter played the major role of Roote in a 1995 revival at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.

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7. Harold Pinter wrote The Hothouse in 1958, which he shelved for over 20 years.

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8. In 2001 Harold Pinter joined the International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic, which appealed for a fair trial and for the freedom of Slobodan Milosevic, signing a related "Artists' Appeal for Milosevic" in 2004.

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9. Harold Pinter was an active member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, an organisation that "campaigns in the UK against the US blockade of Cuba".

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10. Harold Pinter seemed to express ambivalence, both indifference and hostility, towards political structures and politicians in his Fall 1966 Paris Review interview conducted by Lawrence M Bensky.

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11. Harold Pinter was a cricket enthusiast, taking his bat with him when evacuated during the Blitz.

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12. Harold Pinter enjoyed running and broke the Hackney Downs School sprinting record.

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13. At the age of 12, Harold Pinter began writing poetry, and in spring 1947, his poetry was first published in the Hackney Downs School Magazine.

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14. Harold Pinter discovered his social potential as a student at Hackney Downs School, a London grammar school, between 1944 and 1948.

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15. Harold Pinter believed an aunt's erroneous view that the family was Sephardic and had fled the Spanish Inquisition; thus, for his early poems, Pinter used the pseudonym Pinta and at other times used variations such as da Pinto.

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16. Harold Pinter died from liver cancer on 24 December 2008.

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17. Harold Pinter received over 50 awards, prizes, and other honours, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005 and the French Legion d'honneur in 2007.

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18. Harold Pinter directed nearly 50 productions for stage, theatre and screen.

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19. Harold Pinter left Merchant in 1975 and married author Lady Antonia Fraser in 1980.

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20. Harold Pinter was born and raised in Hackney, east London, and educated at Hackney Downs School.

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21. Harold Pinter was a Nobel Prize-winning British playwright, screenwriter, director and actor.

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