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Bill Kerby

Bill Kerby was a screenwriter for several Hollywood films and television series who wrote and co-wrote the 1970s films Hooper and The Rose.[1]

Bill Kerby
Other namesKent State University


Education and early careerEdit

Kerby received a B.A. from Kent State University in 1962 and an M.F.A. from UCLA; where he was a Louis B. Mayer grant winner and teaching assistant, graduating in 1969.[citation needed]

He served in the United States Marine Corps, 1955–58, and was an actor and Welfare Investigator in New York City in the early 1960s. He also taught at Sherwood Oaks School, in Los Angeles, in the 1970s, and the Summer writers' workshop at the National Film and Television School of England from 1985 to 1990.[citation needed]

Writing careerEdit


  • Last American Hero, starring Jeff Bridges and Valerie Perrine, 20th Century Fox, 1973, uncredited.
  • The Gravy Train, starring Stacy Keach, Frederic Forrest, and Margot Kidder, Columbia, 1974, co-written.
  • Hooper, starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Brian Keith, and Jan Michael Vincent, Warner Bros., 1977, co-screenplay.
  • Firepower, starring James Coburn. Sophia Loren, Eli Wallach, and O.J. Simpson, ITC, story by.
  • The Rose, starring Bette Midler, Alan Bates, and Frederic Forrest, Columbia, 1978, Academy Award nominations for Midler, Forrest, Best Music, Best Sound, Co-screenplay, sole story by.
  • Dead Men Can't Dance, starring Michael Biehn, Kathleen York, Adrian Paul, and R. Lee Ermey, Live Entertainment, 1997, co-screenplay.



  1. ^ "Bill Kerby". The New York Times.

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