Known for movies

Short Info

DiedDecember 21, 1980, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseMadeline Hurlock
FactWon a Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for his play "The Green Pastures."

Marc Connelly was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, on December 13, 1890. His parents were Irish immigrants who had come to the United States in the 1880s. Connelly was the oldest of four children. His father died when Connelly was eight years old, and his mother died when he was eleven. Connelly was raised by his maternal grandparents. He attended public schools in McKeesport and graduated from high school in 1908.

Connelly began his career as a journalist, working for newspapers in Pittsburgh and New York City. He also worked as a publicist for the New York World’s Fair in 1914. In 1915, Connelly wrote his first play, The Girl from Utah. The play was a success and led to a career as a professional playwright.

Connelly’s most successful play was The Green Pastures, which opened on Broadway in 1930. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was made into a film in 1936. Connelly also wrote the screenplay for the film.

Connelly’s other plays include The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935), The Great American Family (1940), and The World of Sholom Aleichem (1957).

Connelly was married three times. His first wife was actress and singer Ruth Gordon. They were married from 1916 to 1928 and had one child, a daughter named Ruth. Connelly’s second wife was actress Helen Gahagan. They were married from 1932 to 1942 and had one child, a son named James. Connelly’s third wife was actress Margaret Sullavan. They were married from 1944 until her death in 1960. They had three children: Bridget, William, and Brooke.

Connelly died on September 25, 1980, at the age of 89.

General Info

Full NameMarc Connelly
DiedDecember 21, 1980, New York City, New York, United States
ProfessionActor, Journalist, Film director, Film producer, Playwright, Screenwriter, Lyricist


SpouseMadeline Hurlock
ParentsMabel Louise Cook, Patrick Joseph Connelly


AwardsPulitzer Prize for Drama
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Teleplay Writing - One Hour or More
MoviesThe Green Pastures, The Spirit of St. Louis, Captains Courageous, Tall Story, I Married a Witch, Merton of the Movies, The Farmer Takes a Wife, Cabin in the Sky, Reunion in France, The Wild Man of Borneo, Exit Smiling, Make Me a Star, Not So Dumb, Beggar on Horseback, The Impostor, Dulcy, To the Lad...
TV ShowsOne Minute Please, Actors Studio

Social profile links


1Madeline Hurlock divorced Marc Connelly in order to marry Robert E. Sherwood, prompting her ex-husband to comment: "Madeline [is] the only person I know who married two Pulitzer Prize playwrights."


1Was nominated for Broadway's 1959 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Tall Story," a performance he recreated in the film version with the same title, Tall Story (1960).
2Won a Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for his play "The Green Pastures."



Les verts pâturages1964TV Movie play
The Green Pastures1959TV Movie adaptation / play
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1958TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Green Pastures1957TV Movie adaptation / play
Crowded Paradise1956additional scenes
The Farmer Takes a Wife1953play
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1951TV Series play - 1 episode
Studio One in Hollywood1950TV Series story - 1 episode
The Ford Theatre Hour1949TV Series play - 1 episode
Merton of the Movies1947play
Kraft Theatre1947TV Series play - 1 episode
Strange Confession1944additional dialogue
Cabin in the Sky1943contributing writer - uncredited
Reunion in France1942screenplay
I Married a Witch1942screen play
The Wild Man of Borneo1941based on the play by
Victory1940contributor to screenplay construction - uncredited
Dulcy1940based on the play by
Captains Courageous1937screen play
The Green Pastures1936a fable by
The Farmer Takes a Wife1935play
Elmer and Elsie1934story
Cradle Song1933writer
Make Me a Star1932play
Good Time Kenneth1930Short story
The Guest1930Short
The Magnate1930Short story
Not So Dumb1930play "Dulcy"
The Suitor1929Short story
The Uncle1929Short story
The Bridegroom1929Short story
The Traveler1929Short story
The Burglar1929Short story
Exit Smiling1926story
Beggar on Horseback1925play
Merton of the Movies1924play
To the Ladies1923play


A Case of Libel1968TV MovieJudge
The Borgia Stick1967TV MovieDavenport
The Trials of O'Brien1966TV SeriesJudge
The Defenders1962-1964TV SeriesJudge / Judge Rampell
The United States Steel Hour1963TV SeriesArthur Lamb
The DuPont Show of the Month1961TV SeriesMr. Davis
Play of the Week1960-1961TV SeriesPorter / The Stage Manager
Tall Story1960Professor Charles Osman
Don Juan in Hell1960TV MovieThe Stage Manager
The Bells of St. Mary's1959TV Movie
The Spirit of St. Louis1957Father Hussman
Broadway Television Theatre1953TV SeriesJeremiah
Good Time Kenneth1930Short
The Guest1930Short
The Magnate1930Short
The Suitor1929Short
The Uncle1929Short
The Bridegroom1929Short
The Traveler1929ShortThe Traveler
The Burglar1929Short
The Sleep of Cyma Roget1920Undetermined Role


Having Wonderful Time1938producer: stage play
The Good Earth1937screenplay constructor - uncredited


The Green Pastures1936


BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1958TV Series associate producer - 1 episode


NET Playhouse1970TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself
ABC's Nightlife1965TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1962TV SeriesHimself
The Twentieth Century1961TV Series documentaryHimself
The Name's the Same1955TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
One Minute Please1954TV SeriesHimself / panelist
Droodles1954TV SeriesHimself / panelist
The Ed Sullivan Show1951TV SeriesHimself
Actor's Studio1949-1950TV SeriesHimself - Host
Critic at Large1948TV SeriesHimself
Americana1947TV SeriesHimself / panelist (1947-1948)

Archive Footage

American Masters1987TV Series documentaryHimself


Nominated Awards

1958Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Teleplay Writing - One Hour or MoreThe Green Pastures (1957)
1938OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, ScreenplayCaptains Courageous (1937)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Write A Comment

Pin It