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Also Known As: Bill Broyles Jr., William Dodson Broyles Jr. Died:
Born: October 8, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Texas, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, journalist, magazine editor

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A decorated Marine veteran, Broyles had established himself in the world of journalism before he moved into TV and films. After graduating from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and postgraduate studies at Oxford, he went on to become founding editor of Texas Monthly magazine. Under Broyles' stewardship, Texas Monthly received four National Magazine Awards and his success led to positions as editor-in-chief at California and Newsweek. He had also contributed articles to various publications including Esquire, Atlantic Monthly and U.S. News and World Report. In 1984, Broyles made a return trip to Vietnam and recounted his experiences in the acclaimed book "Brothers in Arms: A Journey From War to Peace" (1986). He was interviewed in the documentary "Faces of the Enemy" (PBS, 1987), about the psychology of warfare. The following year, he and John Sacret Young co-created, co-wrote and co-executive produced the acclaimed series "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-91), which focused on the personnel at an evacuation hospital and USO Center as a US base at Da Nang. Broyles and Young followed with the less successful spy drama "Under Cover" (ABC, 1991). On his own, Broyles turned Patrick Hamilton's biography of the...

A decorated Marine veteran, Broyles had established himself in the world of journalism before he moved into TV and films. After graduating from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and postgraduate studies at Oxford, he went on to become founding editor of Texas Monthly magazine. Under Broyles' stewardship, Texas Monthly received four National Magazine Awards and his success led to positions as editor-in-chief at California and Newsweek. He had also contributed articles to various publications including Esquire, Atlantic Monthly and U.S. News and World Report.

In 1984, Broyles made a return trip to Vietnam and recounted his experiences in the acclaimed book "Brothers in Arms: A Journey From War to Peace" (1986). He was interviewed in the documentary "Faces of the Enemy" (PBS, 1987), about the psychology of warfare. The following year, he and John Sacret Young co-created, co-wrote and co-executive produced the acclaimed series "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-91), which focused on the personnel at an evacuation hospital and USO Center as a US base at Da Nang. Broyles and Young followed with the less successful spy drama "Under Cover" (ABC, 1991). On his own, Broyles turned Patrick Hamilton's biography of the early life of John F Kennedy into the miniseries "JFK: Reckless Youth" (ABC, 1993). Segueing to the big screen, Broyles and Al Reinert adapted another memoir, Jim Lovell's "Dark Moon," for Ron Howard. "Apollo 13" (1995), recounting the doomed 1970 NASA mission, won critical praise and earned several Oscar nominations, including one for Broyles and Reinert's script.

The scriptwriter subsequently received screen credit (along with Ronald Bass) on the caper romance "Entrapment" (1999), which caused some controversy over the age difference in its leads Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Some critics carped about the film's wild plot and action sequences while others were more accepting because of the tone achieved by the screenplay and Jon Amiel's direction. Broyles fared much better with the "Cast Away" (2000), his reunion with "Apollo 13" star Tom Hanks. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, "Cast Away" featured Hanks in a tour de force as a Federal Express employee who survives a plane crash and washes up on a deserted island. Although there were obvious problems in the third act (when the man returns home after a four-year absence), "Cast Away" earned generally favorable reviews and proved to be a box-office smash. Broyles next teamed with another visionary director -- Tim Burton -- for the remake of "Planet of the Apes" (2001).

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  Under Cover (1991) Creator
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  Spy Games (1991) Creator

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Served in US Marine Corps in Vietnam
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Founded <i>Texas Monthly</i> magazine
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Became editor-in-chief at <i>California</i> magazine
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Joined <i>Newsweek</i> as editor-in-chief; resigned in 1984
1984:
Made return trip to Vietnam; became basis of his 1986 book "Brothers in Arms: A Journey From War to Peace" (published in 1986)
1987:
Appeared in documentary "Faces of the Enemy" (aired on PBS)
1988:
Co-created, co-wrote and co-executive produced the Vietnam War-set drama series "China Beach" (ABC)
1991:
Created, co-wrote and co-executive produced drama series "Under Cover" (ABC)
1993:
Wrote TV miniseries "JFK: Reckless Youth"
1995:
Made feature screenwriting debut as co-writer of "Apollo 13"; earned an Oscar nomination
1999:
Contributed to script of the romantic thriller "Entrapment"
2000:
Scripted "Cast Away", starring Tom Hanks
2001:
Penned the remake of "Planet of the Apes"
2002:
Co-scripted "Unfaithful" starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere
2005:
Adapted the screenplay for the Sam Mendes directed, "Jarhead"
2006:
With Paul Haggis penned the screenplay for the WWII drama, "Flags of Our Fathers" directed by Clint Eastwood
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Education

Rice University: Houston , Texas -
University of Oxford: Oxford , England -

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wife:
Linda Purl. Actor. Second wife; divorced.
wife:
Andrea Broyles. Artist.

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father:
William D Broyles.
mother:
Elizabeth Broyles.
sister:
Alice Elizabeth Broyles. Born in December 1948.

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"Brothers in Arms: A Journey from War to Peace"

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