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Robert Bolt
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Playwright
    (August 15, 1924-February 21, 1995)
    Born in Sale, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
    Playwright and screenwriter
    Best known for the play 'A Man for All Seasons' (1960)
    Also wrote the plays 'The Tiger and the Horse' (1960), 'Gentle Jack' (1963), 'Vivat! Vivat Regina!' (1971) and 'State of Revolution' (1977)
    Wrote screenplays for 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962), 'Doctor Zhivago' (1965), 'A Man for All Seasons' (1966), 'Ryan's Daughter' (1970), 'The Bounty' (1984), 'The Mission' (1988) and 'Without Warning: The James Brady Story' (1991)
    He joined the Communist party.
    He was married four times, including twice to actress Sarah Miles.
    He smoked up to 80 cigarettes a day until he suffered a stroke in 1979.
    He was described as 'brusque and demanding' by producer David Puttnam.
    The only film he directed, 'Lady Caroline Lamb' (1972), failed with critics and at the box office.
    The play that he considered his best, 'Gentle Jack,' was one of his few flops.
    He served with the RAF during World War II.
    He developed a love for history and language while working as a teacher.
    He won a Tony Award for Best Play for 'A Man for All Seasons' and back-to-back Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Dr. Zhivago' and 'A Man for All Seasons.'
    He abandoned Communism after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia (1968).
    He and Sarah Miles reunited after joining family therapy with their son Thomas, as part of Thomas' treatment for heroin addiction.
    He suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on the right side of his body (1979), and required two years of therapy before he could walk and talk again.

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