Robert Bolt #14 – Lawrence of Arabia British writer Robert Bolt, best known for his screenplays of historical epics featuring outcast heroes, was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Manchester, England. After serving with the British Air Force during World War II, he taught English while writing plays for stage and radio on the side. His hit play about Sir Thomas More, A Man For All Seasons, was the result of years of research that began when he was a child. In addition to co-writing Lawrence of Arabia, which was his first film, Bolt had screenwriting credits on only eight films, including Dr. Zhivago, A Man For All Seasons, Ryan’s Daughter, Lady Caroline Lamb and Gandhi. Bolt was briefly imprisoned for protesting nuclear proliferation. Twice married to actress Sarah Miles, who starred in Ryan’s Daughter and Lady Caroline Lamb, Bolt suffered a paralyzing stroke in 1979, although he completed two more screenplays after that. He died on Feb. 12, 1995.
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