Stirling Dale Silliphant, American motion picture writer, producer, novelist. Served to lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1943-1946. Member Writers Guild American West, Mystery Writers Association, Authors League, Phi Beta Kappa.
Silliphant, Stirling Dale was born on January 16, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Leigh Lemuel Silliphant and Ethel May (Noaker) Wellershaus.
Bachelor magna cum laude, University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1938.
Publicity director 20th Century-Fox, New York City, 1946-1953. Screenwriter, independent producer various studios in Hollywood, 1953-1996.
Screenwriter: (films) Huk, Nightfall, Damn Citizen, Lineup, Village of the Damned, The Slender Thread, In The Heat of the Night, 1968 (Oscar award for best screenplay, Edgar Allen Poe award Mystery Writers American, Golden Globe award Foreign Press Association), Charly, 1969 (Golden Globe award Foreign Press Association), The New Centurions, 1972, The Poseidon Adventure, 1972 (Writer of Year award National Theater Owners American), Shaft, 1972 (Image award National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Liberation of Lord Byron Jones, 1973, Murphy's War, 1974, The Towering Inferno, 1974 (Writer of Year award National Theater Owners American), The Killer Elite, 1975, The Enforcer, 1976, Telefon, 1977, The Swarm, Circle of Iron, When Time Ran Out, Over the Top. Principal writer: (television series) Naked City, 1960, Route 66, 1960. Contributing writer (television series) The Chrysler Theater, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, General Electrical Theater, Alcoa-Goodyear Theater.