Writer and Director of the Stalag Luft
I production of "Hit the Bottle". Began writing his novel "End Over End"
(1946) while a Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I.
Screenwriter Nelson Gidding died of
congestive heart failure on May 1, 2004 at age 84. Mr. Gidding was
nominated in 1958, along with Don Mankiewicz for the Best Screenplay
Adapted Oscar for the true crime drama "I Want to Live!"
The movie was directed by Robert Wise. Mr. Wise and Mr. Gidding made
five films together, including the original version of "The
" and "Odds Against Tomorrow
(1959)." Nelson Gidding’s many credits include the adaptation
of Michael Crichton’s "The Andromeda Strain (1971)",
"Nine Hours to Rama" which dealt with the
assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the cheesy Burt Reynolds’
missing-link film "Skullduggery," "The
Hindenberg" (1975), "Beyond
the Poseidon Adventure (1979)" and "Onionhead."
Mr. Gidding served his country in the Army Air Corp during WWII. His
B-26 was shot down in Italy and Mr. Gidding spent 18 months in a German
POW camp. He lived next door to Larry David in Los Angeles and
taught screenwriting at USC’s film school.
Nelson Gidding was honored with a memorial
tribute at the 2005 Academy Awards.
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