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Harold Pinter
(English Dramatist)

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October 10, 1930


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Harold Pinter, CH, CBE, Nobel Laureate , is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, poet and political activist. After publishing poetry as a teenager and acting in school plays, Pinter began his theatrical career in the mid-1950s as a rep actor using the stage name David Baron. During a writing career spanning over half a century, beginning with his first play, The Room , Pinter has written 29 stage plays; 26 screenplays; many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays; much more poetry; some short fiction; a novel; and essays, speeches, and letters. He is best known as a playwright and screenwriter, especially for The Birthday Party , The Caretaker , The Homecoming , and Betrayal , all of which he has adapted to film, and for his screenplay adaptations of others' works, such as The Servant , The Go-Between , The French Lieutenant's Woman , The Trial , and Sleuth . He has also directed almost 50 stage, TV, and film productions of his own and others' works. Despite frail health since 2001, he has continued to act on stage and screen, most recently in the October 2006 critically-acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, during the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Court. He also continues to write , to give interviews, and to speak about political issues.

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