Author, Playwright. A renown writer of thrillers, he is best known for the classic novels, "Rosemary's Baby", "The Stepford Wives" and "A Kiss Before Dying". Born Ira Marvin Levin, to Russian-Jewish immigrants, his father was a toy importer. Levin attended the Horace Mann School and later Drake University and New York University where he studied English and Philosophy. After serving in the United States Army, Levin began his writing career during the early 1950s in television for such programs as "Lights Out", "The United States Steel Hour" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". It was not long after that he wrote his first novel "A Kiss Before Dying" which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1953 and would catapult him to success. At the same time, Levin began to compose a series of Broadway plays over the course of more than 20 years which included, "No Time for Sergeants", "Interlock", "Critic's Choice", "Veronica's Room" and "Deathtrap" which was nominated for a Tony Award in 1978. His other memorable books include the acclaimed "The Boys from Brazil" and "Silver". He died from a heart attack.
Bio by: C.S.