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Charles MacArthur

Charles MacArthur (November 5, 1895 - April 21, 1956) was an American playwright and screenwriter who was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and died in New York, New York. He is best known for his play with Ben Hecht, The Front Page, which has been filmed frequently. It was based in part on MacArthur's experiences at the City News Bureau of Chicago.

In 1928 he married the actress Helen Hayes, and they were still married when he died. Their adopted son James MacArthur is also an actor, best known for playing "Danny Williams" on the American television series Hawaii Five-O from 1968 to 1979.

His brother, John D. Macarthur[?], is a noted philanthropist and insurance executive, donor of the so-called "genius grants".



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