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Elliott Baker

Born: Dec 15, 1922

Death: Feb 9, 2007

Birthplace: Buffalo

Profession: Screenwriter

Nationality: United States

Elliott Baker

Date of Birth : Dec 15, 1922
Date of Death : Feb 9, 2007
Birth Place : Buffalo

Elliott Baker, born Elliot Joseph Cohen, was a screenwriter and novelist. Baker was born in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from Indiana University. He was the author of the comic novel A Fine Madness, which was published in 1964 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. He adapted the novel into a 1966 motion picture starring Sean Connery and Joanne Woodward. A Fine Madness tells the story of Samson Shillitoe, a rebellious poet in Greenwich Village who battles a psychiatrist seeking to curb his mood swings via psychosurgery. The New York Times Book Review called the novel "a masterpiece of what one might call rebellious farce." His other novels included Pocock & Pitt; Klynt's Law; And We Were Young; and Unhealthful Air. His novel The Penny Wars was adapted for the Broadway stage. As a screenwriter he wrote a number of television movies, and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1976 for his adaptation of The Entertainer. He also wrote "Side Show", the most famous episode of Roald Dahl's 1961 television anthology horror series Way Out, which featured a carnival "electric woman with a light bulb for a head."


  • Screenwriter
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Elliot Joseph Cohen
  • Elliot Baker

Awards Won

  • Spur Award for Best Nonfiction
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