Richard L. Breen

Screenwriter, Author

1918 – 1967


Who was Richard L. Breen?

Richard L. Breen was a Hollywood screenwriter and director. He began as a freelance radio writer. After a stint in the US Navy during World War II, he began writing for films and worked alone and in collaboration with such distinguished writers as Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett.

He won an Oscar for his work on the screenplay to Titanic, and was nominated for A Foreign Affair and Captain Newman, M.D..

In 1957, he directed one film Stopover Tokyo, and then returned to screenwriting. He was president of the Screenwriters' Guild from 1952 to 1953.

He was also credited as "Richard Breen" and "Robert Breen".


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Jun 26, 1918
Also known as
  • Richard Breen
  • Robert Breen
  • United States of America
Feb 1, 1967
Los Angeles

on July 23, 2013