Harold Pinter (1930-2008)

Death: 24th December 2008
Location: Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England
Cause of Death: Liver Cancer
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English Nobel Prize-winning playwright, actor, director and screenwriter. He was one of the most influential and imitated of modern British dramatists. His writing career spanned over 50 years and produced 29 original stage plays and 27 screenplays. 
His best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Caretaker (1959) and The Homecoming (1964), each of which he adapted to film. His screenplay adaptations of others' works include The Go-Between (1970) and The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981).
Pinter's dramas often involve strong conflicts between ambivalent characters who struggle for verbal and territorial dominance and for their own versions of the past.  In awarding Pinter the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005, the Swedish Academy noted: Harold Pinter is generally seen as the foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th century. That he occupies a position as a modern classic is illustrated by his name entering the language as an adjective used to describe a particular atmosphere and environment in drama: 'Pinteresque'.
Pinter was married twice; his second wife was historian and novelist Antonia Fraser.