American playwright and screenwriterwd:Q18808870
country of citizenship:
United States of America
occupation: screenwriter, playwright
Don Petersen (August 8, 1927 – April 25, 1998) was an American playwright and screenwriter. Born in Davenport, Iowa, Petersen's play Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? debuted on Broadway on 25 February 1969, running for a total of 39 performances after 19 previews. Though a failure at the box office, the play was a succès d'estime, garnering Al Pacino a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. Petersen's second Broadway play, The Enemy is Dead, was a flop, opening and closing after one performance on 14 January 1973.
Petersen was credited with the screenplays for Deadly Hero (1975), An Almost Perfect Affair (1979) and Target (1985).
He died on 25 April 25, 1998 at the age of 70 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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