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David Mamet in the WNYC studios in Feb. 2007                                                 
Born November 30, 1947 (age 60)                                                             
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.                                                                     
Occupation Author                                                                           
film director                                                                               
Nationality American                                                                         
Debut works Play Lakeboat (1970)                                                             
Film The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)                                                   
Book Writing in Restaurants (1987)                                                           
Television series The Unit (2006)                                                           
David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American author, essayist,                   
playwright, screenwriter, and film director. His works are known for their                   
clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue, arcane stylized phrasing, and for his             
exploration of masculinity.                                                                 
As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and             
Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The             
Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997).                                                       
His recent books include The Old Religion (1997), a novel about the lynching of             
Leo Frank; Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus,                     
Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (2004), a Torah commentary, with Rabbi                   
Lawrence Kushner; The Wicked Son (2006), a study of Jewish self-hatred and                   
antisemitism; and Bambi vs. Godzilla, an acerbic commentary on the movie