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Cornell Woolrich

Born: Dec 4, 1903

Death: Sep 25, 1968

Birthplace: New York City

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Cornell Woolrich

Date of Birth : Dec 4, 1903
Date of Death : Sep 25, 1968
Birth Place : New York City

Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich was an American novelist and short story writer who sometimes wrote under the pseudonyms William Irish and George Hopley. His biographer, Francis Nevins Jr., rated Woolrich the fourth best crime writer of his day, behind only Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner and Raymond Chandler. A check of film titles reveals that more film noir screenplays were adapted from works by Woolrich than any other crime novelist, and many of his stories were adapted during the 1940s for Suspense and other dramatic radio programs.


  • Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Author
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • William Irish
  • Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich
  • George Hopley
  • Woolrich, Cornell


  • Claire Attalie Woolrich


  • Violet Virginia Blackton

Awards Won

  • Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
  • Martin Beck Award
  • Grand Prix de Littérature Policière - International Category
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