March 23, 1914|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||September 16, 1968
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Frances Sage (?–1963) (her death)
Elizabeth MacRae (1965–1968) (his death)
|Awards||WGA Award – Best Original Screenplay
1958 The Defiant Ones
Nedrick Young (March 23, 1914 – September 16, 1968), also known by the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas, was a screenwriter often blacklisted during the 1950s and 1960s. He is credited with writing the screenplay for Jailhouse Rock in 1957, which starred Elvis Presley.
Young was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to screenwriting, he also took on an acting role in various feature-length films during the period 1943–1966.
Young died from a heart attack at the age of 54.
- 1943 – Actor in Bombs Over Burma
- 1947 – Actor in Unexpected Guest
- 1948 – Actor in The Swordsman
- 1949 – Actor in Gun Crazy
- 1950 – Actor in A Lady Without Passport
- 1952 – Actor in The Iron Mistress
- 1952 – Actor in Retreat, Hell! (credited: Ned Young as Sgt. Novak)
- 1953 – Actor in House of Wax
- 1957 – Screenplay for Jailhouse Rock
- 1958 – Actor in Terror in a Texas Town
- 1958 – Screenplay for The Defiant Ones
- 1960 – Screenplay for Inherit the Wind
- 1966 – Actor in Seconds
- 1968 – Screenplay for Shadow on the Land
The Defiant Ones was nominated for, and received, an Academy Award for the "best screenplay written directly for the screen" in 1958. For the same film, Young and co-writer Harold Jacob Smith won a 1959 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, from the Mystery Writers of America. Inherit the Wind was also nominated for, but did not win, an Academy Award in 1960.