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William P. McGivern

Born: Dec 6, 1918

Death: Nov 18, 1982

Birthplace: Chicago

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

William P. McGivern

Date of Birth : Dec 6, 1918
Date of Death : Nov 18, 1982
Birth Place : Chicago

William Peter McGivern was an American novelist and television scriptwriter. He published more than 20 novels, mostly mysteries and crime thrillers, some under the pseudonym Bill Peters. His novels were adapted for a number of films, among them Odds Against Tomorrow, a noir tale of three losers, The Big Heat, starring Glenn Ford as a cop that will do anything to get his man, and Rogue Cop, a film noir directed by Roy Rowland. The Big Heat received an Edgar Award in 1954 as Best Motion Picture, which McGivern shared as author of the original novel. Born in Chicago, Illinois, McGivern grew up in Mobile, Alabama. After serving in the Army in World War II and studying at the University of Birmingham, McGivern returned to the US and worked for two years as a police reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin and later as a writer for The Evening Bulletin. His first novel appeared in 1948. In 1947, he married Maureen Daly, one of four sisters Time Magazine referred to as "the celebrated Daly sisters", who were known for their writing and work in, journalism, fashion and advertising.


  • Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Journalist
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • William Peter McGivern
  • William McGivern


  • Maureen Daly


  • Patrick Joseph McGivern III
  • Megan McGivern Shaw

Awards Won

  • Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
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