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Also Known As: David Rippon, Sir David Hare Died:
Born: June 5, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: East Sussex, England, GB Profession: screenwriter, playwright, director, literary manager, actor

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One of the England's most important playwrights of the late 20th century, David Hare was the author and director of such highly regarded works as "Plenty" (1978), "Racing Demon" (1990), "Stuff Happens" (2004) and "The Vertical Hour" (2006). Hare's plays chronicled the decline of his native country as viewed through the lives of its residents in every social class - from everyday citizens to its heads of state. Hare also wrote and directed extensively for film and television, with such acclaimed films as "Plenty" (1985), "Wetherby" (1985), "The Hours" (2002) and "The Reader" (2008) among his numerous credits. Over the course of three decades, Hare's passion for social and political causes, as well as the quality of his work, placed him among the upper ranks of the world's dramatists.

One of the England's most important playwrights of the late 20th century, David Hare was the author and director of such highly regarded works as "Plenty" (1978), "Racing Demon" (1990), "Stuff Happens" (2004) and "The Vertical Hour" (2006). Hare's plays chronicled the decline of his native country as viewed through the lives of its residents in every social class - from everyday citizens to its heads of state. Hare also wrote and directed extensively for film and television, with such acclaimed films as "Plenty" (1985), "Wetherby" (1985), "The Hours" (2002) and "The Reader" (2008) among his numerous credits. Over the course of three decades, Hare's passion for social and political causes, as well as the quality of his work, placed him among the upper ranks of the world's dramatists.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Designated Mourner, The (1997) Director
2.
  Strapless (1989) Director
3.
  Paris By Night (1988) Director
4.
  Wetherby (1985) Director
5.
  Licking Hitler (1977) Director
6.
  Heading Home (1992) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Via Dolorosa (1999) Himself
3.
 53rd Annual Tony Awards, The (1999) Presenter
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1968:
Co-founded the Portable Theatre, a traveling experimental company
1969:
Served as literary manager and later as resident dramatist of the Royal Court Theatre
:
Co-founded and directed Joint Stock Theatre Group
1977:
Feature writing and directing debut, "Licking Hitler"
1983:
Founded Greenpoint Films
1983:
First solo screenplay credit for Stephen Fears' "Saigon - Year of the Cat"
1989:
Returned to National Theatre as an associate director
1992:
TV-movie debut, wrote and directed the cable movie, "Heading Home"
1993:
Directed an episode of the TV series, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"
1993:
Served as associate producer and also wrote screenplay for "The Secret Rapture" (based on his play)
1996:
Received rave reviews for his play "Skylight"; later transferred to Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play
1997:
Enjoyed success with play "Amy's View"; featured a tour de force lead performance by Judi Dench; moved to Broadway in 1999
1998:
Penned the play about Oscar Wilde "The Judas Kiss" starring Liam Neeson (appeared in both the London and Broadway productions)
1998:
Appeared as himself in the one-man show "Via Dolorosa" (recreated performance on Broadway in 1999)
1998:
Scripted "The Blue Room," which was performed by Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen at the Donmar Theatre in London (production later transferred to Broadway)
2000:
Wrote and directed the stage play "My Zinc Bed" at the Royal Court in London
2002:
Adapted Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning novel "The Hours" for the screen; earned Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay
2002:
Penned the drama "The Breath of Life" which teamed Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith for the first time on stage
2004:
Wrote the play "Stuff Happens" in response to the Iraq War; opened at the Royal National Theatre in London
2006:
Scripted the Sam Mendes directed "The Vertical Hour"; premiered at the Music Box Theater on Broadway
2007:
Directed Vanessa Redgrave as the sole cast member in Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking"
2008:
Penned the film adaption of Bernhard Schlink's "The Reader"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay
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Education

Lancing College: -
Jesus College: - 1968

Notes

Not to be confused with the artist of the same name.

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wife:
Margaret Matheson. Married in August 1970; divorced in 1980.
companion:
Kate Nelligan. Actor.
companion:
Blair Brown. Actor. No longer together.
wife:
Nicole Farhi. Married in 1992.
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father:
Clifford Theodore Rippon. Sailor.
mother:
Agnes Rippon.
son:
Joe Hare. Mother, Margaret Matheson.
son:
Lewis Hare. Twin of Darcy; mother, Margaret Matheson.
daughter:
Darcy Hare. Twin of Lewis; mother, Margaret Matheson.
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