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James Clavell

Australian novelist

Died when: 69 years 332 days (838 months)
Star Sign: Libra

James Clavell (born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell, 10 October 1921 – 7 September 1994), was an Australian (and later naturalized American) novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war.

Clavell is best known as the author of his Asian Saga novels, a number of which have had television adaptations.

Clavell also wrote such screenplays as those for The Fly (1958) (based on the short story by George Langelaan) and The Great Escape (1963) (based on the personal account of Paul Brickhill).

He directed the popular 1967 film To Sir, with Love for which he also wrote the script.


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