Garson Kanin

BirthDay:

24 Nov 1912

BirthPlace:

Rochester, New York, USA

Bio:

Garson Kanin has worked as an actor on stage and as a director on Broadway and in Hollywood, but his best-known work is as a writer. During the Great Depression, he dropped out of high school to help support his family by working as a musician and later as a comedian. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts from 1932 to 1933. He briefly worked as an actor on Broadway following his studies but then worked as an assistant to the Broadway director George Abbot. In 1937, he joined Samuel Goldwyn's staff but left after a year because he had not been given any directing assignments. He was signed by RKO and there directed such films as The Great Man Votes (1939) and Tom Dick and Harry (1941), but he soon became frustrated by the lack of control he had over his films under the studio system. When he was drafted during World War II, he made documentary films for the War Information and Emergency Manpower offices. One of them, co-directed by Carol Reed, The True Glory (1945), won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. During the war years, Kanin began writing stories and plays as well. After the war, he directed his play "Born Yesterday" on Broadway, which he later adapted for the screen. He and his wife, Ruth Gordon, collaborated on four screenplays, including Adam's Rib (1949) and Pat and Mike (1952). They stopped working on scripts together for the sake of their marriage after 1952, but in 1979 they co-wrote one more, the TV film Hardhat and Legs (1980). Kanin and Gordon were never under contract by any studio as writers. They wrote the scripts on their own and sold them to interested Hollywood studios.
Filmography

Actor ( 17 credits )

Tattingers (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
Biography (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1987)
American Masters (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
The John Davidson Show (1980)  Himself (1 episode, 1982)
Hollywood Greats (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
Over Easy (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (1 episode, 1974)
Looks Familiar (1970)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1980)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (2 episodes, 1969-1971)
Cinema (1964)  Himself (1 episode, 1972)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (8 episodes, 1971-1977)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Himself (3 episodes, 1974-1978)
The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957)  Himself (2 episodes, 1959)
Person to Person (1953)  Himself (1 episode, 1959)
What's My Line? (1950)  Himself - Guest Panelist (1 episode, 1959)

Writer ( 30 credits )

Smash (2012) (29 episodes, 2012-2013)
Born Yesterday (1993) (play)
Adam's Rib (1973) (2 episodes, 1973)
Some Kind of a Nut (1969) (writer)
Where It's At (1969) (writer)
Walk Don't Run (1966) (screenplay)
Au théâtre ce soir (1966) (1 episode, 1972)
Dünkü çocuk (1965)
Mr. Broadway (1964) (creator) (13 episodes, 1964)
The Right Approach (1961)
High Time (1960)
The Rat Race (1960)
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Playhouse 90 (1956) (1 episode, 1958)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1 episode, 1959)
The Alcoa Hour (1955) (1 episode, 1957)
Teledrama (1955) (1 episode, 1957)
It Should Happen to You (1954) (story and screen play)
Pat and Mike (1952) (written by)
TV de Vanguarda (1952) (1 episode, 1957)
The Marrying Kind (1952) (written by)
Born Yesterday (1950) (screenplay)
Adam's Rib (1949) (screen play)
A Double Life (1947) (written by)
From This Day Forward (1946)
A Lady Takes a Chance (1943) (story)
The More the Merrier (1943) (story)
My Favorite Wife (1940) (written for the screen by) (as Samuel Spewack)
Bachelor Mother (1939) (story)
The Great Man Votes (1939) (screen play)

Director ( 17 credits )

Some Kind of a Nut (1969)
Where It's At (1969)
Mr. Broadway (1964) (1 episode, 1964)
The True Glory (1945)
Salute to France (1944)
Battle Stations (1944)
Night Stripes (1944)
Night Shift (1942)
Ring of Steel (1942)
Fellow Americans (1942)
Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
They Knew What They Wanted (1940)
My Favorite Wife (1940)
Bachelor Mother (1939)
The Great Man Votes (1939)
Next Time I Marry (1938)
A Man to Remember (1938)