Garson Kanin

Garson Kanin

writer, director, additional crew

Garson Kanin was born on Nov 24, 1912 in USA. Garson Kanin's big-screen debut came with A Man to Remember directed by Garson Kanin in 1938. Garson Kanin is known for Katharine Hepburn: All About Me directed by David Heeley, Katharine Hepburn stars as Self and Dorothy Arzner as Self. Garson Kanin has got 1 awards and 9 nominations so far. The most recent award Garson Kanin achieved is Writers Guild of America, USA. The upcoming new movie Garson Kanin plays is Born Yesterday which will be released on Mar 26, 1993.

Garson Kanin has worked as an actor on stage and as a director on Broadway and in Hollywood, but his best-known work is as a writer. During the Great Depression, he dropped out of high school to help support his family by working as a musician and later as a comedian. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts from 1932 to 1933. He briefly worked as an actor on Broadway following his studies but then worked as an assistant to the Broadway director George Abbot. In 1937, he joined Samuel Goldwyn's staff but left after a year because he had not been given any directing assignments. He was signed by RKO and there directed such films as The Great Man Votes (1939) and Ses trois amoureux (1941), but he soon became frustrated by the lack of control he had over his films under the studio system. When he was drafted during World War II, he made documentary films for the War Information and Emergency Manpower offices. One of them, co-directed by Carol Reed, La vraie gloire (1945), won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. During the war years, Kanin began writing stories and plays as well. After the war, he directed his play "Born Yesterday" on Broadway, which he later adapted for the screen. He and his wife, Ruth Gordon, collaborated on four screenplays, including Madame porte la culotte (1949) and Mademoiselle Gagne-Tout (1952). They stopped working on scripts together for the sake of their marriage after 1952, but in 1979 they co-wrote one more, the TV film Hardhat and Legs (1980). Kanin and Gordon were never under contract by any studio as writers. They wrote the scripts on their own and sold them to interested Hollywood studios.

  • Birthday

    Nov 24, 1912
  • Place of Birth

    Rochester, New York, USA

Known For


1 wins & 9 nominations

Writers Guild of America, USA
Winner - Valentine Davies Award