Famed playwright and actor, Harold Pinter, passed away in London at the age of 78 after battling cancer and pemphigus.
Playwright Harold Pinter passed away Wednesday in London after battling pemphigus and cancer of the esophagus.
(From the LA Times) Although Pinter is best known as a playwright, he was trained as an actor and performed in plays, movies and teleplays throughout his career. Along with some 30 plays, he wrote more than 20 screenplays, including a number of his own works, such as “The Caretaker” (1963) and “Betrayal”(1983). He wrote other screenplays based on popular novels, among them “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), from the novel by John Fowles, and “The Last Tycoon” (1976), based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel.
Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2005, but his illness left him unable to travel from London to Stockholm in December 2005 for the Nobel presentation. He sent a videotaped speech that was included in the ceremony.