Books by Patrick McGilligan

YOUNG ORSON by Patrick McGilligan
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"McGilligan works overtime trying to justify such a massive book about only a part of Welles' life, but it's also buoyed by a dependably powerful subject at the center."
A boy wonder's life—overlong but also filling. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 2011

"The sad story, well and respectfully told, of an American original struggling with procrustean politics, timorous producers and personal demons."
A veteran biographer of film legends records the sad career arc of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), the director of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2007

"Essential for anyone interested in racial issues and the history of American filmmaking; a well researched, passionately felt and endlessly fascinating look at a singular American life."
The frankly amazing story of the black D.W. Griffith. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Master-ful. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The Master of Suspense finally gets an authoritative life. Read full book review >
FILM CRAZY by Patrick McGilligan
Released: July 1, 2000

"This is an often fascinating slice of Hollywood history, although it is geared primarily to serious film buffs."
The "legends" interviewed by film historian and biographer McGilligan (Fritz Lang, 1997, etc.) are mostly directors whose careers date back to the silent movie days. His anthology brings together a dozen pieces published during the 1970s. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 1997

"Invaluable source material, but much more than the ordinary reader wants or needs to know. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
A massive, slow-moving oral history of 30-plus Hollywood blacklistees. Read full book review >
FRITZ LANG by Patrick McGilligan
Released: June 25, 1997

"McGilligan is not a graceful stylist, but he has a great story to tell, and he tells it with verve, originality, and insight. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An adroit and revealing biography of the talented director of such classics as Metropolis and M. Few directors weathered the transition from silent movies to sound as successfully as Lang. Read full book review >
JACK'S LIFE by Patrick McGilligan
Released: March 21, 1994

"The thoughtful Nicholson rasp adds vividness to every page."
Long-awaited, first-class, admiring but unauthorized life of the most popular film actor since Brando—from the author of George Cukor (1991) and Robert Altman (1989). Read full book review >
GEORGE CUKOR by Patrick McGilligan
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"Not to be missed. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Rich character study of homosexual film-director Cukor, famed for his handling of actresses, by McGilligan (Robert Altman: Jumping off the Cliff, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
ROBERT ALTMAN by Patrick McGilligan
Released: May 10, 1989

Jumbo, sympathetic trek through the incredibly productive life of hard-drinking, maverick, anticommercial film director Robert Altman. Read full book review >