Robert Thom (writer)
Robert Thom (July 2, 1929 – May 8, 1979) was an American writer of films, plays, novels and poems, best known for his screenplay Death Race 2000 (1975).
He was married to actress Joan Zell from 1953 to 1956; Zell committed suicide at Thom's home in 1961. He married actress Janice Rule in 1956; they had one daughter before they divorced in 1961. Thom married actress Millie Perkins in 1964; they had two daughters and were separated at the time of his death in 1979.
Selected theatre credits
- The Minotaur (1954)
- Sailing to Byzantium
- Compulsion (1957)
- A Bicycle Ride to Nevada (1963)
- Children of Ladybug
Selected film credits
- Compulsion (1959)
- The Subterraneans (1960)
- All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960)
- Wild in the Streets (1968)
- The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
- Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1969) – also directed
- Bloody Mama (1970)
- The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)
- Alias Big Cherry (1975)
- Death Race 2000 (1975)
- Crazy Mama (1975)
- "WOMAN DIES IN PLUNGE; Writer Says Ex-Wife's Death Followed Argument". The New York Times. July 13, 1961. p. 61. (subscription required)
- Cook, Joan (May 12, 1979). "Robert Thom, Writer Of Plays, Screenplays, Novels and Poems, 49". The New York Times. p. 6.