Peter Bradford Benchley (May 8, 1940 – February 12, 2006) was an American author, best known for his novel Jaws and its subsequent movie adaptation, the latter co-written by Benchley (with Carl Gottlieb) and directed by Steven Spielberg. Several more of his works were also adapted for cinema, including The Deep and The Island.
Peter Bradford Benchley
May 8, 1940
|Died||February 12, 2006 (aged 65)|
Princeton, New Jersey,
|Cause of death||Pulmonary fibrosis|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Known for||Creator of Jaws|
|Spouse(s)||Winifred "Wendy" Wesson (1964-2006; his death)|
He was the son of Marjorie (née Bradford) and author Nathaniel Benchley and grandson of Algonquin Round Table founder Robert Benchley. His younger brother, Nat Benchley, is a writer and actor. Peter Benchley was an alumnus of Allen-Stevenson School or now known as The Allen-Stevenson School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard University.
- Jaws, 1975 film adaptation; actor: Interviewer.
- The Deep, 1977 film adaptation
- Jaws 2, based on characters from Jaws
- The Island, 1980 film adaptation
- Jaws 3-D (a.k.a. Jaws 3), based on characters from Jaws
- Jaws: The Revenge, a fourth film based on characters from Jaws
- Dolphin Cove, 1989 TV series
- The Beast, 1996 TV film adaptation
- Creature, 1998 TV film adaptation
- Amazon, 1999 TV series
- Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, 1994 (actor, as Frank Crowninshield)