Clifford Odets

Clifford Odets

Clifford Odets' original script for Wild in the Country (1961) had Elvis Presley's character committing suicide at the end of the film. This was screened for a preview audience, who were horrified, and the ending was changed. According to Odets friend, Oscar Levant, in "Memoirs of an Amnesiac", "... only Odets would write a story for Elvis in which he committed suicide. Actually, it was humiliating that Odets had to write that kind of picture at all, but he needed the money. Everything he was against, in the beginning of his career, he wound up doing himself".

Father of Walt Odets.

His only Tony recognition came posthumously in 1965, sharing a book credit with William Gibson as part of the Best Musical nomination for Golden Boy (1962) (TV), based on his play.

His play, Awake and Sing (1972) (TV), was nominated for the 1974 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Play Production at the Candelight Forum Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

Odets was the inspiration for the title character in the Coen Bros. film Barton Fink (1991).

Odets' friend, Oscar Levant, claimed that the writer once said, "The three greatest living playwrights are O'Neill, O'Casey, and Odets". When Levant's wife later brought it upped to the writer, he was shocked and remarked, "Did I say that?".

Portrayed by Jeffrey DeMunn in Frances (1982), John Heard in Will There Really Be a Morning? (1983) (TV) and Lee Breuer in Committed (1984).