|Born||July 25, 1902
St. Louis, Missouri
|Died||February 22, 1969
New York City, New York
|Occupation||Playwright, producer, director, screenwriter|
|Known for||Tobacco Road|
Kirkland's greatest success was the play Tobacco Road, adapted from the Erskine Caldwell novel. His other plays included Frankie and Johnny, Tortilla Flats, Suds in your Eye, Mr. Adam, Man with the Golden Arm, and Mandingo.
Kirkland collaborated with Melville Baker on several screen projects including Zoo in Budapest (1933) starring Loretta Young and Gene Raymond, Now and Forever (1934) starring Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard and Shirley Temple, and The Gilded Lily (1935) starring Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray and Ray Milland.
Jack Kirkland was married several times and had several children, one of whom was the ballerina Gelsey Kirkland.