Stewart Stern
Born(1922-03-22)March 22, 1922
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 2, 2015(2015-02-02) (aged 92)
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, teacher
Years active1947–2015
SpouseMarilee Stiles (Former Dancer New York City Ballet)

Stewart Henry Stern[1] (March 22, 1922 – February 2, 2015) was an American screenwriter. He is best known for writing the screenplay for the film Rebel Without a Cause (1955), starring James Dean.


In addition to Rebel Without a Cause, Stern's most notable screenwriting credits include Sybil, which garnered Emmy awards for both Stern and Sally Field, The Rack starring Paul Newman, The James Dean Story directed by Robert Altman, The Outsider starring Tony Curtis, The Ugly American starring Marlon Brando, Rachel, Rachel starring Joanne Woodward, and The Last Movie directed by Dennis Hopper. He is also author of the book No Tricks in My Pocket: Paul Newman Directs, watching the discovery in Paul Newman's direction for the filming of The Glass Menagerie.[2]

Personal life

Stern was the nephew of Adolph Zukor, founder of Paramount Pictures. In World War II he served as an infantryman, seeing combat in the Battle of the Bulge, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.[3][4] His war service left him with permanently numb feet due to frostbite.[5] He was the subject of the documentary Going Through Splat: The Life And Work Of Stewart Stern.[6]

Stern taught a course in Seattle titled "The Personal Connection" at TheFilmSchool.[7] He also taught each year at the Sundance Institute.

Stern died of cancer at the age of 92 in Seattle, Washington.[4]





  1. ^ Stewart Henry Stern at the University of Virginia
  2. ^ Israel, Sara. "unexpectedly, on writing". Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  3. ^ Arnold, William (2005-05-28). "Film honors local screen legend Stewart Stern". Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  4. ^ a b Fox, Margalit (7 February 2015). "Stewart Stern, 92, Screenwriter of 'Rebel Without a Cause,' Dies". The New York Times. p. A23.
  5. ^ Shannon, Jeff (2011-06-27). "On "The Rack" with Paul Newman and Stewart Stern | TV/Streaming | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2023-02-13.
  6. ^ "Going Through Splat: The Life And Work Of Stewart Review - Read Variety's Analysis Of The Movie Going Through Splat: The Life And Work Of Stewart". Variety. 2005-02-01. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  7. ^ "Seattle's innovative film school for screenwriters :: Stewart Stern". Retrieved 2010-09-20.