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John Patrick Shanley (born October 3, 1950) is an American playwright, screenwriter, and director.


Shanley was born in The Bronxmarker, New York Citymarker, to a telephone operator mother and a meat-packer father. He is a graduate of New York Universitymarker, and is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. He was also a United States Marine

For his script for the 1987 film, Moonstruck, Shanley won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

In 1990, Shanley directed his script of Joe Versus the Volcano. Shanley also wrote two songs for the movie: "Marooned Without You" and "The Cowboy Song."

In 2004 Shanley was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame.

In 2005, Shanley's play Doubt: A Parable was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for Best Play. Doubt: A Parable, is featured in The Fourth Wall, a book of photographs by Amy Arbus in which Shanley also wrote the foreword.

In 2008, Shanley directed a film version of Doubt starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams and Viola Davis.



  • Welcome to the Moon (1982)
  • Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (1983)
  • Savage In Limbo (1984)
  • The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (1985)
  • Italian American Reconciliation (1986)
  • Women of Manhattan (1986)
  • All For Charity (1987)
  • Italian American Reconciliation (1988)
  • The Big Funk (1990)
  • Beggars in the House of Plenty (1991)
  • What Is This Everything? (1992)
  • Kissing Christine (1995)
  • Missing Marisa (1995)
  • Four Dogs and a Bone (1993)
  • The Wild Goose (1995)
  • Psychopathia Sexualis (1998)
  • Where's My Money? (2001)
  • Cellini (2001)
  • Dirty Story (2003)
  • Doubt: A Parable (2004)
  • Sailor's Song (2004)
  • Defiance (2005)
  • Romantic Poetry (2007) - cowritten with Henry Krieger


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