Elliott Nugent

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Elliott Nugent
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Nugent in a 1947 publicity photo
BornSeptember 20, 1896
Dover, Ohio, U.S.
DiedAugust 9, 1980 (aged 83)
New York City, U.S.
Spouse(s)Norma Lee (1921–1980; his death) [1] [2]
Parent(s) J. C. Nugent (father)

Elliott Nugent (September 20, 1896 August 9, 1980) [3] was an American actor, playwright, writer, and film director.



Nugent was born in Dover, Ohio, the son of actor J.C. Nugent. [4] He successfully made the transition from silent film to sound film. He directed The Cat and the Canary (1939), starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. [5] He also directed the Hope films Never Say Die (1939) and My Favorite Brunette (1947). [6]

Nugent was a college classmate (and lifelong friend) of fellow Ohioan James Thurber. [7] Together, they wrote the Broadway play The Male Animal (1940) [4] in which Nugent starred with Gene Tierney. He also directed the 1942 film version of The Male Animal , starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland. [8]

Nugent was the brother-in-law of actor Alan Bunce of Ethel and Albert fame. [9]

He died in his sleep at his New York home. [10]

Partial filmography

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