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Also Known As: Anthony Able, David And Janet Peoples, David Webb Peoples Died:
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Birth Place: Middletown, Connecticut, USA Profession:

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A relatively reclusive American screenwriter (who refuses to be photographed for interviews and resides in Berkeley rather than Los Angeles), Peoples has built a strong reputation with a handful of distinctive screenplays. His work is characterized by a probing interrogation of genre conventions and strong moral ambiguity. Peoples' heroes tend to be only marginally more sympathetic than his villains. He has been quoted by The New York Times' Bernard Weinraub: "I have a hard time being on anybody's side in anything. I'm inclined to see everybody's point of view."

A relatively reclusive American screenwriter (who refuses to be photographed for interviews and resides in Berkeley rather than Los Angeles), Peoples has built a strong reputation with a handful of distinctive screenplays. His work is characterized by a probing interrogation of genre conventions and strong moral ambiguity. Peoples' heroes tend to be only marginally more sympathetic than his villains. He has been quoted by The New York Times' Bernard Weinraub: "I have a hard time being on anybody's side in anything. I'm inclined to see everybody's point of view."

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Grew up in Middletown, CT
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Attended high school in the Philippines
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Settled in Berkeley, CA with his wife Janet in the early 1960s
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Worked as a news and documentary film editor while struggling to sell screenplays
1969:
Directed the documentary short "How We Stopped the War"
1973:
Feature debut as editor, the action feature "Steel Arena"
1976:
Wrote screenplay titled "The Cut-Whore Killings," which eventually became "Unforgiven"
1977:
As editor, collaborated with wife Janet who wrote the nonfiction feature "Who Are the DeBolts? (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?); film won Oscar as Best Feature Documentary
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Wrote screenplay in the late 1970s titled "My Dog's on Fire," a comedy about a punk rock band; screenplay read by director Tony Scott who passed it on to his brother, director Ridley Scott
1980:
Co-wrote (with wife) and edited the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Day After Trinity"
1982:
Co-wrote screenplay (with Hampton Fancher) of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"; adapted from Philip K. Dick's novel <i>Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?</i>
1989:
Feature directorial debut, "The Blood of Heroes"
1990:
Used pseudonym Anthony Able for script to "Project Alien," a thriller about a UFO cover-up
1992:
Received screenplay credit for Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven"; earned Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay
1992:
Wrote story and screenplay for the Capra-esque "Hero," directed by Stephen Frears
1995:
With wife Janet, co-wrote the screenplay for "12 Monkeys," inspired by Chris Marker's experimental short "La jetée" (1962)
1998:
Received solo writing credit for the Kurt Russell vehicle "Soldier"
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Education

University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California - 1962

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wife:
Janet Peoples. Documentarian, screenwriter. Wrote the Oscar-winning documentary feature "Who Are the DeBolts? (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?) which Peoples edited; produced and co-wrote (with Peoples and Jon Else) the Oscar-nominated documentary feature "The Day After Trinity" (1980) which Peoples edited; co-wrote (with Peoples) fiction feature "12 Monkeys".

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father:
Joseph Webb Peoples. Geologist. Former chairman of the geology department of Wesleyan University; worked for the United States Geological Survey; died on March 21, 2000 at age 92.
mother:
Ruth Peoples. Died in 1993.
brother:
Douglass Peoples.
sister:
Penelope Peoples.
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