Frank Gilroy papers, 1949-2015 Rauner Manuscript MS-648

Biography

Frank Daniel Gilroy was born October 13, 1925, in New York City. After graduation from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx he enlisted in the Army. Gilroy later attended Dartmouth College graduating in 1950 and Yale School of Drama with a grant received from Dartmouth. Gilroy returned to New York and began writing for television programs such as "Playhouse 90," "Westinghouse Studio One" and "Kraft Television Theatre." In 1962, his play "Who'll Save the Plowboy" was performed at the Phoenix Theatre in New York and won him an Obie award. The play "The Subject was Roses" followed in 1964, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1965. Gilroy's other works include screenplays for "Desperate Characters," "The Gallant House," and "The Only Game in Town." He has also written fiction including the novel "From Noon Till Three". Gilroy died on September 12, 2015.

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