David Newman


Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
February 04, 1937
Died
June 26, 2003
Cause of Death
Massive Stroke

Biography

A former magazine editor Newman wrote some fine screenplays in collaboration with director Robert Benton, including "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), "What's Up, Doc?" (also with Buck Henry) and "Still of the Night" (1982). Newman's best known work includes the "Superman" trilogy (written in part with his wife, Leslie), the first of which, at least, displayed a degree of ironic humor. He also w...

Family & Companions

Leslie Harris Newman
Wife
Screenwriter. Co-wrote "Superman" trilogy with Newman.

Bibliography

"Extremism: A Non Book"
David Newman and Robert Benton, Viking (1964)

Notes

Not to be confused with composer David Newman.

Biography

A former magazine editor Newman wrote some fine screenplays in collaboration with director Robert Benton, including "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), "What's Up, Doc?" (also with Buck Henry) and "Still of the Night" (1982). Newman's best known work includes the "Superman" trilogy (written in part with his wife, Leslie), the first of which, at least, displayed a degree of ironic humor. He also wrote Michael Jackson's popular music video, "Moonwalker" (in which not the faintest trace of irony has, to date, been detected.)

Life Events

1960

Editor of ESQUIRE magazine

1966

First play produced, the musical "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman"

1967

First screenplay (written with Robert Benton), "Bonnie and Clyde"

1969

Contributed sketches to the long-running "Oh, Calcutta"

1978

Co-wrote screeplay for "Superman" with Robert Benton, Mario Puzo and Leslie Newman

Videos

Movie Clip

What's Up, Doc? (1972) - I Don't Think Of You As A Woman In San Francisco for the musicology convention, Howard (Ryan O’Neal) from Iowa prepares with his fianceè Eunice (Madeline Kahn) to meet the philanthropist offering a big research grant, Peter Bogdanovich directing from the screenplay by Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton, in What’s Up, Doc?, 1972, starring Barbra Streisand.
What's Up, Doc? (1972) - We've Almost Got That Stammer Cured Already detained by rival Simon (Kenneth Mars), panicked musicologist Howard (Ryan O’Neal) meets Larrabee (Austin Pendleton), provider of the grant for-which they’re competing then, aided by Randy Quaid, finds mischievous Judy (Barbra Streisand) impersonating his fianceè, in What’s Up Doc, 1972.
What's Up, Doc? -- (1972) -- (Original Trailer) Director Peter Bogdanovich joins stars Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal for this full-on tongue in cheek trailer for the 1972 comedy hit What's Up, Doc?, also the feature debut of Madeline Kahn.
What's Up, Doc? (1972) - There Was A Plaid Overnight Case Opening with the storybook from the screenplay by Buck Henry, Robert Benton and David Newman, we meet Michael Murphy, followed by Phil Roth, then Ryan O’Neal and Madeline Kahn at San Francisco International, then Barbra Streisand, apparently by happenstance, in Peter Bodganovich’s hit rom-com, What’s Up, Doc?, 1972.
What's Up, Doc? (1972) - As Time Goes By Baffled musicologist Howard (Ryan O’Neal), ejected from his San Francisco hotel for hijinks the night before, winds up on the roof, and meets the perpetrator, the still-sexier Judy (Barbra Streisand), who has news about his grant, director Peter Bogdanovich with a big wink to Casablanca, in What’s Up Doc, 1972.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Keep Your Eyes Open Texan Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) who just caught newly-paroled Clyde Barrow (producer Warren Beatty) trying to steal her mother's car, is willing to watch as he proposes to impress her, early in director Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, 1967.
Bonnie And Clyde (1967) - Isn't That Your Car, Eugene? The happenstance appearance of Gene Wilder and Evans Evans as Eugene and Velma, interrupted by the Barrow gang (producer Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Michael J. Pollard as Clyde, Bonnie, Buck, Blanche and C.W.) who need another car, in Arthur Penn’s landmark Bonnie And Clyde, 1967.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - You A Good Driver? Having just fled a robbery, Bonnie (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde (Warren Beatty) meet gas station attendant C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard) and become a gang, in Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, 1967.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Frank Here's A Texas Ranger! Title characters (Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty) with brother Buck (Gene Hackman), C-W (Michael J Pollard) and Blanche (Estelle Parsons) are fortunate to turn the tables on Texas lawman Frank Hamer (Denver Pyle), an inflated version of a real event, in Bonnie And Clyde, 1967.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde With some time alone as they hide out, Bonnie (Faye Dunaway) charms Clyde (Warren Beatty) with a poem she's written, near the end in Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, 1967.
Bonnie And Clyde (1967) - Let Me Get The Kodak! Big event for the Barrow family as older brother and fellow ex-con Buck (Gene Hackman), with wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons) joins the newly notorious Clyde (producer Warren Beatty) and Bonnie (Faye Dunaway), wheel-man C.W. (Michael J. Pollard) a little behind the social curve, in Arthur Penn’s Bonnie And Clyde, 1967.
Still Of The Night (1982) - I Thought His Wife Should Have It A murder discovered on a still Manhattan evening, then Roy Scheider is shrink Sam Rice, the game on his radio fixing the date at 10/2/1978, when Meryl Streep appears, confirming that the victim was his patient, opening writer-director Robert Benton’s Hitchcock-y Still Of The Night, 1979.

Trailer

Family

Herman Newman
Father
Clothing manufacturer.
Rose Newman
Mother
Bookkeeper.
Nathan Newman
Son
Catherine Newman
Daughter

Companions

Leslie Harris Newman
Wife
Screenwriter. Co-wrote "Superman" trilogy with Newman.

Bibliography

"Extremism: A Non Book"
David Newman and Robert Benton, Viking (1964)

Notes

Not to be confused with composer David Newman.