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Also Known As: Charles Edmund Dumaresq De Clavelle Died: September 7, 1994
Born: October 10, 1924 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Australia Profession: screenwriter, producer, director, novelist, playwright, poet, salesman

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Best-selling author of epic, historical novels ("Tai Pan", "Shogun" "Noble House"), who has worked as a screenwriter and director in the US since 1953, though his best film as a director is the British-produced, "To Sir, With Love" (1967). Clavell's novel "King Rat", based on his experiences in a WWII Japanese prison camp, was effectively brought to the screen in 1965 by another versatile talent, Bryan Forbes and most of his other novels have been filmed or made into TV mini-series.

Best-selling author of epic, historical novels ("Tai Pan", "Shogun" "Noble House"), who has worked as a screenwriter and director in the US since 1953, though his best film as a director is the British-produced, "To Sir, With Love" (1967). Clavell's novel "King Rat", based on his experiences in a WWII Japanese prison camp, was effectively brought to the screen in 1965 by another versatile talent, Bryan Forbes and most of his other novels have been filmed or made into TV mini-series.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Last Valley (1971) Director
2.
  Where's Jack? (1969) Director
3.
  To Sir, With Love (1967) Director
4.
  Walk Like a Dragon (1960) Director
5.
  Five Gates to Hell (1959) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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Pursued Naval career, like his father and grandfather, but motorcycle accident left him with a limp that ended that career
:
Captain with British Royal Artillery, spent half of WWII in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp
1953:
Worked as salesman before a TV pilot deal brought him to US
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Moved to Hollywood and worked carpenter by day and wrote scripts by night (including "Far Alert" which was sold but never filmed)
1958:
Wrote first screenplays, "The Fly" and "Watusi"
1959:
Film directing and producing debut, "Five Gates to Hell" (also writer)
1962:
Wrote first novel, "King Rat"
1990:
Executive producer of the Broadway musical, "Shogun" (adapted from his novel)
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Education

Birmingham University: - 1946 - 1947
University of Maryland: - 1980

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wife:
April Stride. Ballerina, actor. Married April, 1949.

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father:
R C Clavell. Career soldier. Recieved OBE.
mother:
Eileen Clavell.
daughter:
Michaela Clavell.
daughter:
Holly Clavell.
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"King Rat"
"Tai Pan"
"Shogun"
"The Children's Story"
"Noble House"
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