Broyles William, Jr. 1944–

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BROYLES William, Jr. 1944–

(William Broyles)


Full name, William Dodson Broyles, Jr.; born October 8, 1944, in Houston, TX; son of William Dodson and Elizabeth (maiden name, Bills) Broyles; married Sybil Newman (an art director), August 15, 1973 (marriage ended); married Linda Purl (an actress; divorced); married, wife's name Andrea (an artist). Education: Rice University, B.A., 1966; Oxford University, M.A., 1968.


Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Writer and actor. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, instructor in philosophy, 1970–71; assistant superintendent of school in Houston, TX, 1971–72; Texas Monthly, Austin, founding editor, beginning 1972; Texas Monthly Press, editor, beginning 1975; Newsweek, editor in chief, 1982–84; California, past editor. Military service: U.S. Marine Corps, fighter pilot, 1969–71; served in Vietnam; became captain; received Bronze Star.


Texas Institute of Letters.

Awards, Honors:

Four National Magazine Awards for Texas Monthly; Golden Globe Award, best television drama series (with others), 1990, for China Beach; ShoWest Award, National Association of Theatre Owners, screenwriter of the year, 2001; Fennecus Award nomination, best adapted screenplay, and Apex Award nomination, best adapted dramatic screenplay, both 1995, and Academy Award nomination and Screen Award nomination, Writers Guild of America, both best adapted screenplay (with Al Reinert), 1996, all for Apollo 13; inducted into Texas Film Hall of Fame, 2002.


Television Creator and Executive Producer; Series:

(With others) China Beach, ABC, 1988–91.

Under Cover, ABC, 1991.

Spy Games, ABC, 1991.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

Before the Storm, ABC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Interviewee, Faces of the Enemy, PBS, 1987.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, "Cast Away," HBO First Look, HBO, 2000.


Video Games:

Voice of Jonas Fearwitt, Dust: A Tale of the Wired West (video game), 1995.

Wilson: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Extra, 2001.

Stop: Surviving as a Cast Away, 2001.

The Making of "Cast Away," 2001.



Apollo 13, MCA/Universal, 1995, released as Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience, 2002.

(As William Broyles) Entrapment (also known as Verlockende falle), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1999.

Cast Away, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2000, published as Cast Away: The Shooting Script, Newmarket Press, 2001.

Planet of the Apes, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2001, published by Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks, 2001.

Unfaithful (also known as Infidele and Untreu), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2002.

The Polar Express (animated; also released as The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience), Warner Bros., 2004.

Jarhead, Universal, 2005.

Television Series:

China Beach, ABC, 1988.

Television Miniseries:

(With Al Reinert) J.F.K.: Reckless Youth, NBC, 1993.

Television Pilots:

Under Cover, ABC, 1991.

Television Episodes:

Spy Games, ABC, 1991.


Brother in Arms: A Journey from War to Peace (memoir), Avon, 1987.

(Editor, with Chris Van Allsburg and Robert Zemeckis) All Aboard the Polar Express: The Movie (board book), Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

(With Van Allsburg, Zemeckis, Melissa Morgan, and Heidi Cho) The Polar Express the Movie: Keepsake Memory Book, Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

(With Van Allsburg, Zemeckis, and Tracey West) The Magic Journey, Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

Contributor to periodicals, including Atlantic Monthly, Columbia Journalism Review, Esquire, Playboy, and U.S. News and World Report.



Broyles, William Jr., Brother in Arms: A Journey from War to Peace, Avon, 1987.