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Nedrick Young

Nedrick Young
Born (1914-03-23)March 23, 1914
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died September 16, 1968(1968-09-16) (aged 54)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Writer, screenwriter
Years active 1943–68
Spouse(s) Frances Sage (?–1963) (her death)
Elizabeth MacRae (1965–1968) (his death)
Awards WGA AwardBest Original Screenplay
1958 The Defiant Ones

Nedrick Young (March 23, 1914 – September 16, 1968) was a screenwriter often blacklisted during the 1950s and 1960s. He is credited with writing the screenplay for Jailhouse Rock in 1957, which starred Elvis Presley.

Young was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to screenwriting, he also took on an acting role in various feature-length films during the period 1943–1966.

Young died from a heart attack at the age of 54.


The Defiant Ones was nominated for, and received, an Academy Award for the "best screenplay written directly for the screen" in 1958. For the same film, Young and co-writer Harold Jacob Smith won a 1959 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, from the Mystery Writers of America. Inherit the Wind was also nominated for, but did not win, an Academy Award in 1960.

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