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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Frank D Gilroy dies aged 89

Published 14/09/2015

Gilroy was best known for The Subject Was Roses (AP)
Gilroy was best known for The Subject Was Roses (AP)

US playwright and director Frank D Gilroy, who won a Pulitzer Prize for The Subject Was Roses, has died aged 89.

He passed away of natural causes in Monroe, New York.

Gilroy, who served in the US army from 1943 to 1946 in Europe, also won a Tony Award for The Subject Was Roses, a play about a veteran's fraught return home, which premiered on Broadway in May 1964.

He then wrote a screenplay for a 1968 film adaptation starring Jack Albertson and Patricia Neal, which would earn both supporting Oscar nominations, with Albertson winning.

The Bronx native attended Dartmouth and the Yale Drama School after serving in the army and went on to work as a screenwriter for live television and film for years.

Credits include shows Studio One in Hollywood and Playhouse 90, and films The Gallant Hours and The Fastest Gun Alive.

Gilroy also directed movies for television and the big screen, including the 1971 Shirley MacLaine drama Desperate Characters.

His three sons all currently work in the film industry. Both Tony Gilroy and Dan Gilroy followed directly in their father's footsteps as writer-directors.

Tony Gilroy wrote the first three Bourne films and co-wrote (with Dan Gilroy) and directed The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner.

Dan Gilroy, meanwhile, gained attention in the industry for the Los Angeles noir Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and his own wife, the actress Rene Russo.

John Gilroy, a seasoned film editor, also worked on Nightcrawler.

In addition to his sons, he is survived by Ruth, his wife of 62 years, and five grandchildren.

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