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William P. McGivern
American writer

William P. McGivern

William P. McGivern
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Intro American writer
Was Screenwriter Writer Novelist
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 6 December 1922, Chicago, USA
Death 18 November 1982, Palm Desert, USA (aged 59 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
University of Birmingham
Edgar Award  
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McGivern in the 1950s
McGivern's novella "Convoy to Atlantis" was the cover story in the November 1941 issue of Amazing Stories

William Peter McGivern (December 6, 1918 - November 18, 1982) was an American novelist and television scriptwriter. He published more than 20 novels, mostly mysteries and crime thrillers, some under the pseudonym Bill Peters.

His novels were adapted for a number of films, among them Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), a noir tale of three losers, starring Harry Belafonte; The Big Heat (1953), starring Glenn Ford as a cop who will do anything to get his man; Shield for Murder, about an honest cop going bad; and Rogue Cop (1954), a film noir directed by Roy Rowland, about a crooked cop trying to redeem himself. The Big Heat received an Edgar Award in 1954 as Best Motion Picture, which McGivern shared as author of the original novel. He also published more than one hundred science fiction stories during the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he wrote for television and film.


Born in Chicago, Illinois, to an Irish-American family, McGivern grew up in Mobile, Alabama. After serving in the Army in World War II and studying at the University of Birmingham in England, McGivern returned to the US. He worked for two years as a police reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin and later as a writer for The Evening Bulletin. His first novel was published in 1948.

In 1947, he married Maureen Daly, a journalist and author of the bestseller Seventeenth Summer (1942). William and Maureen McGivern co-wrote Mention My Name in Mombasa: the Unscheduled Adventures of an American Family Abroad, which covered their times and adventures living oversees, including in Kenya; Torremolinos, Spain; and Ireland.

In the early 1960s, McGivern moved to Los Angeles to write for film and television. His credits include the TV series Ben Casey, Adam-12, and Kojak; and the William Castle film, I Saw What You Did (1965). McGivern died in Palm Desert, California in 1982, aged 63.

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