Norman Panama biography

Norman Panama

Screenwriter, Theater Producer

1914 – 2003

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Who was Norman Panama?

Norman Panama was an American screenwriter and film director born in Chicago, Illinois. He collaborated with a former schoolfriend, Melvin Frank to form a writing partnership which endured for three decades. He also wrote gags for comedians such as Bob Hope's radio program and for Groucho Marx.

The most famous films he directed were Li'l Abner, the Danny Kaye film The Court Jester, and the Bob Hope film How to Commit Marriage. He wrote Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Road to Utopia, and The Court Jester, among other movies.

He won an Edgar Award for A Talent for Murder, a play he co-wrote with Jerome Chodorov.

Panama continued to write and direct through the 1980s.

He died in 2003 in Los Angeles, California from complications due to Parkinson's disease.

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Born
Apr 21, 1914
Chicago
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Chicago
Died
Jan 13, 2003
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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