Robert Stuart Nathan

Robert Stuart Nathan (born August 13, 1948), usually credited as Robert Nathan, is an American novelist, journalist, screenwriter, director, and television producer.

Robert Nathan
Robert Stuart Nathan

(1948-08-13) August 13, 1948 (age 73)

Early lifeEdit

Nathan was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was raised in Clayton, Missouri.[citation needed] His father was a toy wholesaler and his mother an accountant. He graduated from Amherst College. He began his career in politics and print journalism, then joined the reporting staff of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered,[1] first as New York Bureau Chief and subsequently as White House Correspondent and occasional weekend anchor. He has been a contributor to many magazines, including The New Republic,[2] Harper's,[3][4] Cosmopolitan, The New York Times Book Review,[5][6][7][8][9] The Nation,[10] and elsewhere.


Nathan is the author of four novels, including the political thriller The White Tiger, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year[11] and a Book of the Month Club selection published in seventeen languages. The New York Times called the book “exciting, rare, and authentic.”[12] As half of the thriller-writing team published under the pseudonym Nicholas Condé,[13] he is co-author of three novels, including The Religion, which was filmed as The Believers by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man), and In the Deep Woods, the basis for a television film starring Rosanna Arquette and Anthony Perkins in his last role.


Nathan began working in episodic television on the original staff of Law & Order'.[14] He was subsequently on the original staff of ER as Co-Executive Producer and for that show received the industry’s coveted George Foster Peabody Award. His television credits include Executive Producer and showrunner, Law & Order: Criminal Intent; Co-Executive Producer, Law & Order; Co-Executive Producer, Law & Order: SVU;[15] Co-Executive Producer, Dragnet; Executive Producer and showrunner, ABC’s Women's Murder Club; Consulting Producer, USA’s Fairly Legal; Consulting Producer, FX’s Dirt; Executive Producer, showrunner, and co-creator, NBC’s Prince Street; and Executive Producer and showrunner, CBS’s The Client. For episodes of Law & Order and its sequels he received an Edgar Award nomination from the Mystery Writers of America, four Emmy nominations and a Humanitas Award nomination as a producer, The Shine Award, The Silver Gavel Award, and the GLAAD Media Award. For Paramount Television he was Executive Producer of James Ellroy’s L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide. In the 23-year history of the Law & Order franchise, the 1993 episode “Manhood,” from Nathan's teleplay with a story co-written by Walon Green, holds the only Emmy nomination in the category Outstanding Writing for A Drama Series.[16]


In 2012 he directed the film Lucky Bastard, for which he co-wrote the script and for which he was also, with his writing partner Lukas Kendall, an Executive Producer. The film premiered In Europe in competition at the Monaco Film Festival in May, 2013, where it received The Special Jury Prize and Best Screenplay Award.[17]



Year Show Episode Notes
1990 Law and Order "The Reaper's Helper" Teleplay - Season 1, Episode 3
"Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die" Teleplay - Season 1, Episode 4
"Happily Ever After" Teleplay - Season 1, Episode 5
"Prisoner of Love" Story/Teleplay - Season 1, Episode 10
1991 "Life Choice" Teleplay - Season 1, Episode 12
"The Secret Sharers" Season 3, Episode 18
"The Serpent's Tooth" Teleplay - Season 1, Episode 19
"The Blue Wall" Story/Teleplay - Season 1, Episode 22
"The Wages of Love" Story - Season 2, Episode 2
"God Bless the Child" Season 2, Episode 5
"In Memory Of" Teleplay - Season 2, Episode 7
"Out of Control" Story - Season 2, Episode 8
"His Hour Upon the Stage" Teleplay-Season 1, Episode 11
1992 "Star Struck" Teleplay - Season 2, Episode 12
"Blood Is Thicker..." Story - Season 2, Episode 14
"Cradle to Grave" Season 2, Episode 18
"Intolerance" Story - Season 2, Episode 20
"Skin Deep" Season 3, Episode 1
"Forgiveness" Story - Season 3, Episode 3
"Wedded Bliss" Season 3, Episode 5
"Prince of Darkness" Season 3, Episode 8
1993 "Extended Family" Teleplay - Season 3, Episode 11
"Promises to Keep" Teleplay - Season 3, Episode 14
"Mother Love" Story/Teleplay - Season 3, Episode 15
"Manhood" Story/Teleplay - Season 3, Episode 21
"Sweeps" Season 4, Episode 1
"Pride and Joy" Season 4, Episode 6
"The Pursuit of Happiness" Season 4, Episode 10
1994 "Kids" Season 4, Episode 15
"Old Friends" Story - Season 4, Episode 22
ER "Into That Good Night" Season 1, Episode 5
"9 1/2 Hours" Season 1, Episode 8
1995 "Long Day's Journey" Season 1, Episode 14
"Men Plan, God Laughs" Season 1, Episode 22
The Client "Them That Has..." Season 1, Episode 2
1997 Prince Street "Pilot" Season 1, Episode 1
"God Bless America" Season 1, Episode 2
2003 L.A. Dragnet "The Brass Ring" Season 1, Episode 6
"The Little Guy" Season 1, Episode 12
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "Hate" Season 5, Episode 13
"Lowdown" Season 5, Episode 20
"Conscience" Season 6, Episode 6
2005 "Strain" Season 7, Episode 5
2006 Conviction "Deliverance" Season 1, Episode 10
Law and Order "Fear America" Season 17, Episode 4
2008 Dirt "Ties That (Don't) Bind" Season 2, Episode 4
Women's Murder Club "Father's Day" Story - Season 1, Episode 11
"And the Truth Will (Sometimes) Set You Free " Story - Season 1, Episode 12
"Never Tell" Story - Season 1, Episode 13
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent "The Glory That Was..." Season 8, Episode 8
2012 Fairly Legal "Ripple of Hope" Season 2, Episode 8
2014 Taxi Brooklyn "Double Identity" Season 1, Episode 9

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Amusement Park, The Dial Press, 1977.
  • Rising Higher, The Dial Press, 1981.
  • The White Tiger (1987, Simon and Schuster; ISBN 978-0-00-222978-4)
  • The Bushido Code, Fawcett (writing as Robert St. Louis), 1981.
  • The Religion, co-writing as Nicholas Condé (1982, New American Library; ISBN 0-451-12119-8)
  • The Legend, co-writing as Nicholas Condé (1984, New American Library)
  • In the Deep Woods, co-writing as Nicholas Condé (1989, St. Martin’s Press; ISBN 9780312929909)


  • Jerome Alan Cohen, "Death Comes for the Archbureaucrat" (book review, The White Tiger), New York Times Book Review, September 6, 1987.
  • "Master Craftsman," Variety, April 10, 1995.
  • McGrath, Charles, "He's The Master Craftsman," New York Times, October 22, 1995.
  • "Nathan Back to Wolf Pack," Variety, June 23, 2002.
  • "Paramount Signs Nathan," Broadcasting & Cable, June 30, 1997.


  1. ^ Hontz, Jenny (1997-06-25). "Nathan Taps Into Par TV Pact". Variety. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
  2. ^ Nathan, Robert (1976-03-27). "Revolution on Wall Street". The New Republic. 174 (13): 16–21. ISSN 0028-6583.
  3. ^ Nathan, Robert Stuart (March 1975). "The Education Explosion". Harper's Magazine.
  4. ^ Nathan, Robert Stuart (January 1980). "Coddled Criminals". Harper's Magazine.
  5. ^ Nathan, Robert (1993-09-26). "Irritable, Depressed, Spoiled and Terrific". The New York Times - Book Review. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  6. ^ Nathan, Robert (1989-07-16). "A Moscow Cop At Sea". The New York Times - Book Review. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  7. ^ The New York Times Book Review, "Right Up There With Harold Robbins," Dance with the Devil by Kirk Douglas, Random House, reviewed by Robert Stuart Nathan, June 10, 1990,
  8. ^ The New York Times Book Review, "The Cop and the Cartel," A Faint Cold Fear by Robert Daley, Little, Brown & Company, reviewed by Robert Stuart Nathan, October 14, 1990,
  9. ^ The New York Times Book Review, "The Treasure in the Lacquered Box," Cinnabar: A Novel of China by Robert B. Oxnam, St. Martin's Press, reviewed by Robert Stuart Nathan, March 11, 1990,
  10. ^ March 12, 2007,
  11. ^ New York Times Book Review, December 8, 1987,
  12. ^ "Death Comes for the Archbureaucrat" by Jerome Alan Cohen, The New York Times, September 6, 1987,
  13. ^ "Nathan back to Wolf Pack, Variety, June 23, 2002,
  14. ^ Law & Order: The Unofficial Companion (Updated and Expanded), by Kevin Courier and Susan Green, Renaissance Books, 2nd edition, November 20, 1999, ISBN 1580631088
  15. ^ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Unofficial Companion by Susan Green and Randee Dawn, Foreword by Dick Wolf, BenBella Books, September 1, 2009, ISBN 1933771887
  16. ^ "Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Drama Series 1993". Emmy Awards. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  17. ^ "Monaco Charity Film Festival Awards 2013". Monaco Charity Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-06-10.

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