A. I. Bezzerides (A A. I. Bezzerides)

A. I. Bezzerides

Author, Motion Picture and Television Screenwriter. Born Albert Isaac Bezzerides, his father was a Greek immigrant, his mother was of Armenian descent, he moved with parents to Fresno, California when he was two. His father earned a living as a trucker who hauled produce. After attending the University of California at Berkeley, he initiated his career as a writer. He began submitting short stories to magazines, prior to penning his novel “Long Haul” (1938). The book caught the attention of Hollywood and the result was a 1940 motion picture adaptation which starred Humphrey Bogart and George Raft. Bezzerides was put under contract with Warner Brothers as a script writer and he went on to contribute to such films as “Juke Girl” (1942) and “Action in the North Atlantic” (1943). He will perhaps be best remembered for his work “Thieves’ Market” (published in 1949) for which was made into a film adaptation that same year titled “Thieves’ Highway”. He created and penned stories for the TV series “The Big Valley” (1965 to 1969). He died from the effects of advanced age. (bio by: C.S.)

Born

  • August, 09, 1908
  • Turkey

Died

  • January, 01, 2007
  • USA

Other

  • Cremated

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