Frederick Knott

Frederick Knott


Frederick Knott, one of the most-produced playwrights of the last 50 years for having penned two major thrillers, Dial M for Murder and Wait Until Dark, died Dec. 17, 2002, at his Manhattan home, according to The New York Times. Mr. Knott, 86, did not write many plays — Write Me a Murder in 1961 is the only other play listed in his recent Playbill biography — but his work is regularly seen in stock, amateur, regional and touring productions around the world. His yarns were well-crafted enough to inspire famous film versions. Alfred Hitchcock directed "Dial M for Murder" (with a screenplay by Mr. Knott) starring Grace Kelly in 1954, and Audrey Hepburn starred as a blind woman terrorized by thugs in the 1967 movie of "Wait Until Dark." The latter story had a Broadway revival in 1998 starring Marisa Tomei and the antsy actor, Quentin Tarantino, as a villain.

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  • Also known as: Frederick Major Paull Knott
  • Born: Aug 28, 1916 in Hankow, CHINA
  • Death: Dec 17, 2002 in New York, NY, USA

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