August Wilson

August Wilson, one of America's greatest playwrights and the author of an epic cycle of dramas about the African-American experience in the 20th century, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, the AP reported, citing a family spokesperson. He was 60. He died at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, surrounded by his family, said Dena Levitin, Wilson's personal assistant. Wilson had revealed in late August that he was suffering from inoperable liver cancer and had been told he had only months to live.

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  • Also known as: Frederick August Kittel
  • Born: Apr 27, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Death: Oct 2, 2005 in Seattle, Washington


Drama Desk Award
2007 Outstanding Play Radio Golf Nominee
2000 Outstanding Play Jitney Nominee
1987 Outstanding Play Fences Winner
New York Drama Critics' Circle
2007 Best American Play Radio Golf Winner
2000 Best Play Jitney Winner
1996 Best Play Seven Guitars Winner
1992 Best American Play Two Trains Running Winner
1990 Best Play The Piano Lesson Winner
1988 Best Play Joe Turner's Come and Gone Winner
1987 Best Play Fences Winner
1985 Best Play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Winner
Outer Critics Circle
1987 John Gassner Award Fences Winner
Pulitzer Prize
1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama The Piano Lesson Winner
1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Fences Winner
Tony Award
2007 Play Radio Golf Nominee
2005 Play Gem of the Ocean Nominee
2001 Play King Hedley II Nominee
1996 Play Seven Guitars Nominee
1992 Play Two Trains Running Nominee
1990 Play The Piano Lesson Nominee
1988 Play Joe Turner's Come and Gone Nominee
1987 Play Fences Winner
1985 Play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Nominee