Ernest Thompson Movies and Career Information

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Scorpio
Nov 06, 1949
Bellows Falls
Actor and Writer

Ernest Thompson (born Richard Ernest Thompson; November 6, 1949) is an American writer, actor, and director. Thompson was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont. He spent his early years in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, moving to Maryland as a junior high school student. He attended the University of Maryland and The Catholic University of America, graduating cum laude from American University in 1971. Thompson is known as the author of the play On Golden Pond, which he wrote at the age of twenty-eight. The play opened off-off-Broadway in 1978, starring Tom Aldredge and Frances Sternhagen. A great success at the Kennedy Center, it opened at the New Apollo Theater on Broadway February 28, 1979. Revived the following season at the Century Theatre, On Golden Pond ran for more than 400 performances. It went on to become a hit 1981 film starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. Thompson won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1982, as well as awards from the Golden Globes and the Writers Guild of America. Thompson’s second popular play, The West Side Waltz, opened on Broadway starring Katharine Hepburn on November 19, 1981. Thompson is quoted as saying that The West

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