Saturday, October 9, 2010
RIP William W. Norton
The action-movie specialist's best-known script was for 1968's 'The Scalphunters,' starring Burt Lancaster. But the former Communist later rededicated himself to leftist ideals and smuggled arms for rebels in Northern Ireland.
William W. ("Bill") Norton, a successful screenwriter whose post- Hollywood life took a turn as dramatic as the fast-paced action movies he once wrote when he became a gunrunner for rebels in Northern Ireland, died Oct. 1 in Santa Barbara. He was 85.
The cause of death was a heart aneurysm, said his son, television director Bill L. Norton.
Norton was best known for writing "The Scalphunters" (1968), a comedy-western directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Burt Lancaster and Ossie Davis. He went on write several movies for actor Burt Reynolds, including "Sam Whiskey" (1969), "White Lightning" (1973) and "Gator" (1976).
NORTON, William W. (William Wallace Norton Jr.)
Born: 9/24/1925, Ogden Utah, U.S.A.
Died: 10/1/2010, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.
William W. Norton's westerns - screenwriter:
The Big Valley (TV) - 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969
The Scalphunters - 1968
Sam Whiskey - 1969
The Hunting Party - 1971
September Gun (TV) - 1983