|Born||September 20, 1896|
Dover, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||August 9, 1980 (aged 83)|
New York City, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Norma Lee (1921–1980; his death) |
|Parent(s)||J. C. Nugent (father)|
Elliott Nugent (September 20, 1896 – August 9, 1980) was an American actor, playwright, writer, and film director.
Nugent was born in Dover, Ohio, the son of actor J.C. Nugent. He successfully made the transition from silent film to sound film. He directed The Cat and the Canary (1939), starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. He also directed the Hope films Never Say Die (1939) and My Favorite Brunette (1947).
Nugent was a college classmate (and lifelong friend) of fellow Ohioan James Thurber. Together, they wrote the Broadway play The Male Animal (1940) in which Nugent starred with Gene Tierney. He also directed the 1942 film version of The Male Animal, starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland.
Nugent was the brother-in-law of actor Alan Bunce of Ethel and Albert fame.
He died in his sleep at his New York home.