Mostly Credited As: Pat Hingle
Birth Name: Martin Patterson Hingle
Date Of Birth: July 19, 1924 (Age 84)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Miami, Florida
Date Of Death: January 03, 2009
Cause Of Death: Blood Cancer
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)
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He appeared in a substantial supporting role in Stephen King's only directing cinema job "Maximum Overdrive" (also writing the screenplay from his own short story). King later casted him in another for his TV mini-series "Stephen King's The Shining."
Won the 2005 North Carolina Distinguished Filmmaker Award for his forty-five years in the business of professional acting.
He served in the Navy during WWII.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1958 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actor for "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs."
Mr. Christopher Adam Keyser, one of the brainchildren--along with Amy Lippman--of life-sized domestic family drama on FOX has been behind-the-scenes mastermind. While the man himself is not as known as someone like Aaron Spelling, his work has certainly made a mark.
Keyser became involved in theater during his last two years at Harvard College, appearing in a damned considerable number of theatrical productions. He went on to Harvard Law School, from which he graduated with honors and received offers of employment from prestigious New York City law firms. During law school, however, Keyser's focus started to become more directed towards screen-writing; while there he met future writing partner... the one-and-only Amy Lippman. The kind of marriage that would move the world--or better yet, Hollywood.
Keyser graduated Harvard Law School in 1985, and he and Lippman took off to the Big Apple to try their hands writing for television. In 1988, they moved to Los Angeles; because of their legal backgrounds they wrote teleplays for L.A. Law and Equal Justice. They finally had the honor of writing and producing the hit-show "Sisters" and "Eddie Dodd" from 1991-1996.
They established themselves as a real ace team in the TV business. The two hit big pay-dirt with the enormously successful Party of Five, a prime-time family-oriented soap-opera which was incredibly popular with young teenage girls and young gay men. The show featured the Salingers, a family suddenly orphaned when their parents are killed by a drunken man behind the wheel and the eldest son becomes the head of the family, the eldest daughter wants to write professionally, the youngest daughter is a musical prodigy who sleeps around (all over the house!) and their valiant efforts to keep the family together and the family restaurant business afloat. The show (and the entire family) deals with relationships and friction, romance, school, work, growing-up, life-and-death.
In 1996, the show took home the Golden Globe award for "Best Drama Series." Keyser himself (along with Lipman) were the received the Humanitarias Prize (a mini-glass statuette and $15,000) for the episode "Thanksgiving," where the leads wound up confronting the mysterious drunk driver that was responsible for their parent's deaths. Lacey Chalbert took home some YoungStar Awards. The one and only Neve Campbell (who got her breakout role on the show) has referred to the show as "The most realistic show on television."
Eventually, the show's actors were discovered and big offers came pouring in and eventually the show came to an end. Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt went on to do movies, Chalbert currently juggles film and TV, Matthew Fox went onto other hit TV shows.... And the team of Keyser/Lippman are still developing TV programs such as "Significant Others" and Time of Your Life, a spin-off of "Party of Five" starring Love Hewitt's character Sarah leaving San Francico in favor of New York and searching for the biological family she never even knew she had.
Keyser resides in Los Angeles with his wife, who is also an attorney, and their two children.
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