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George Gipe

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George Gipe
Born(1933-02-03)February 3, 1933
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedSeptember 6, 1986(1986-09-06) (aged 53)
Glendale, California, U.S.
GenresScreenwriting, fiction, nonfiction

George Gipe (February 3, 1933, Baltimore, Maryland – September 6, 1986, Glendale, California) was an American magazine writer, author and screenwriter. Gipe died at the age of 53 as the result of an allergic reaction to a bee sting.[1]


A native of Baltimore, in 1958 Gipe began working at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, working as a cameraman and set and production manager. He later joined WMAR-TV in Baltimore, where he won awards for documentaries and local programming.

His career as a writer began in 1967 with a non-fiction work called Nearer to the Dust: Copyright and the Machine, which anticipated several future legal issues surrounding computerized storage of copyrighted writing and information. Other non-fiction work followed; his only original novel, Coney Island Quickstep, was issued in 1977.

Gipe is chiefly remembered for his contributions to two screenplays: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), and The Man With Two Brains (1983), both co-written with Carl Reiner and Steve Martin. He is also noted for his novelizations of several popular movies of the 1980s, including Melvin and Howard, Gremlins and Back to the Future.

Gipe was allergic to bee stings, and while in Glendale, California, he was stung by a bee. He was announced dead on arrival on September 6, 1986.[1]



  • Coney Island Quickstep (1977)


Short stories

  • "The Cask of Amarillo Texas" (1969)


  • Nearer to the Dust: Copyright and the Machine (1967)
  • The Great American Sports Book (1978)
  • The Last Time When... (1982)



  1. ^ a b "George Gipe is Dead at 53; A Film and Television Writer". The New York Times. September 9, 1986.

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