David Mamet (1947- )

DON: 'Cause there's business and there's friendship, Bobby...there are many things, and when you walk around you hear a lot of things, and what you got to do is keep clear who your friends are, and who treated you like what. Or else the rest is garbage, Bob, because I want to tell you something.

BOB: Okay.

DON: Things are not always what they seem to be.

BOB: I know.

--from American Buffalo

A noted American playwright, David Alan Mamet, b. Chicago, Nov. 30, 1947, began his career as an actor and director before achieving acclaim in 1976 for three Off-Off Broadway plays, Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and American Buffalo. The Woods (1977) and Edmond (1982) were followed by two enormously successful plays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross (1984), a scathing representation of American business practices, and Speed-the-Plow (1988), which savagely reveals the amoral underside of the film industry. Describing the afterlife of one of its Hollywood antiheroes, Bobby Gould in Hell (1989) is also an exploration of Mamet's considerable misogyny. Mamet's interest in films has produced several screenplays--notably, Tin Men (1987)--as well as a number of films he has directed as well as written, among them House of Games (1987), Things Change (1988), and Homicide (1991).

Bibliography: Carroll, D., David Mamet (1987).

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