Alan Surgal, American screenwriter, Died at 100


Alan Surgal was born in 1916 and died on January 3, 2017.

He was an American screenwriter.

He was best known for penning the screenplay for the 1965 surrealistic dramatic film, Mickey One, which was directed by Arthur Penn and starred Warren Beatty.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois.

He attended the University of Chicago.

Surgal was stationed in London as a writer for the Armed Forces Network during World War II, where he also simultaneously worked as a writer for the BBC.

Surgal, then moved to New York City following the end of World War II, where he wrote scripts for radio (and co-creating the radio show, This Is the Underground), before transitioning to television scripts.

Surgal penned several episodes for the early NBC television series, Robert Montgomery Presents, including screen adaptations of Arrowsmith and The Canterville Ghost.

He became best known for his screenplay for Arthur Penn’s 1965 surrealistic dramatic film, Mickey One.

During 1978, Surgel and his wife, Florence Small, moved to Los Angeles, where he continued to work as a television producer and writer.

Surgal was survived by his wife of 80 years, Florence Small, and their two sons, Jon Surgal and Tom Surgal.

Recently Surgal and Florence Surgal had celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary.

He died at his home in Beverly Hills, California.

Alan Surgal passed away at 100 years old.