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WGA tips Gilroy for lifetime achievement award

Scribe's works includes standouts from early days of TV

Frank Gilroy has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing.

Gilroy will receive his award from his son, writer-director Tony Gilroy, at the 63rd Writers Guild Awards ceremony Feb. 5 at New York City’s AXA Equitable Center.

Previous winners include Alan Zweibel, John Patrick Shanley, Andrew Bergman, Marshall Brickman, Horton Foote, Bill Persky, Walter Bernstein, Jules Feiffer and Nora Ephron.

Gilroy wrote for many prominent shows in the early days of TV including “Playhouse 90,” “Omnibus” and “Studio One.” Screenplays include “The Fastest Gun Alive,” “The Subject Was Roses,” “The Only Game in Town” and “From Noon Till Three,” which was based on his novel.

He also wrote and directed “Desperate Characters,” “Once in Paris” (nominated for a Writers Guild Award for best original screenplay) and “The Gig.”

Gilroy’s plays include “Who’ll Save The Plowboy?,” “The Subject Was Roses” and “Contact With the Enemy,” and his books includes “Wake Up Screening,” “Writing for Love and/or Money” and “Outtakes From a Life on Spec.” He’s a former president of the Dramatists Guild.

“Frank Gilroy’s stunning body of work, with its sure and poignant grasp of the human condition, would alone make him a worthy recipient of the Ian McLellan Hunter Award,” said WGA East prexy Michael Winship. “But in addition he has been a visionary and pioneer, forging a path for all the independent filmmakers and storytellers who have followed him.”

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