January 1, 1928|
Cleveland, United States
|Died||July 14, 1984
The French Connection
Ernest Tidyman (January 1, 1928 – July 14, 1984) was a Cleveland-born American author and screenwriter, best known for his novels featuring the African-American detective John Shaft. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film version of Shaft with John D.F. Black in 1971.
He also wrote the screenplay for the 1973 film High Plains Drifter, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Tidyman also wrote the sequel to Shaft, Shaft's Big Score, which appeared in theaters in 1972.
In 1980, he wrote the teleplay for the TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, which he also had a hand in producing, which got him an Emmy nomination. For creating the Shaft books, he became one of the few white individuals to win an NAACP Image Award.
Tidyman married Susan Gould, and fathered two children – Adam and Nicholas. In 1982, after Gould's death, he married former Motown soul singer Chris Clark, who had co-written the screenplay for Lady Sings the Blues (1972). Tidyman died in 1984 in Westminster Hospital in London, England from a perforated ulcer.
- The French Connection (1971)
- Shaft (1971)
- Shaft's Big Score (1972)
- High Plains Drifter (1973)
- Last Plane Out (1983)
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