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William Peter Blatty

7 January 1928 to 12 January 2017

An American writer best known for adapting his own acclaimed 1971 novel for the screen, Blatty's screenplay for The Exorcist (1973) won an Oscar and the William Friedkin-directed film is considered one of the greatest horror movies ever made. His other screen credits included A Shot in the Dark (1964) and Legion/The Exorcist III (1990).

Read William Peter Blatty's Guardian obituary here