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      Roald Dahl

      Roald Dahl

      Highest Rated: 94% The Witches (1990)

      Lowest Rated: 70% Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

      Birthday: Sep 13, 1916

      Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, UK

      A major figure in children's literature, British writer Roald Dahl also excelled at crafting tales for adults, along with the occasional screenplay. During World War II, Dahl became a formidable young fighter pilot, and used those experiences as the basis for his earliest published writings, which included the children's book The Gremlins (1943). Dahl subsequently focused on distinctly non-kid-friendly stories that showcased his barbed dark humor. In the 1960s, he returned to literature for youngsters, penning fantastical classics such as James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964). Dahl also worked directly in film and television, writing for the macabre mystery series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (NBC, 1955-1965) and movies such as the Bond adventure "You Only Live Twice" (1967). In 1961, Dahl hosted the eerie TV show "Way Out" (CBS), and he later created the series "Tales of the Unexpected" (ITV, 1979-1988), both of which featured adaptations of his singularly sinister stories. Dahl continued to pen fiction for all ages until his death in 1990. His legacy endures, not only in his many beloved books, but also in their various film incarnations, which tend to be at least a little bit droll and unusual.


      WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, (Back Row L-R), Michael Bollner, Ursula Reit, Leonard Stone, Gene Wilder, Roy Kinnear, (Front Row L-R), Denise Nickerson, Julie Dawn Cole, Nora Denney, Paris Themmen, Peter Ostrum, Jack Albertson, 1971.



      93% 72% Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical Writer - 2022
      86% 80% Revolting Rhymes Writer - 2016
      83% 51% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Writer $206.5M 2005
      91% 66% James and the Giant Peach Writer $28.9M 1996
      92% 73% Matilda Writer $33.1M 1996
      94% 70% The Witches Writer $8.7M 1990
      92% 87% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Writer,
      - 1971
      70% 71% Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Screenwriter - 1968
      74% 69% 007 - You Only Live Twice Writer - 1967


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Writer,
      1979-1985 1987-1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Writer 1985
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Writer 1958 1960-1961