Stirling Silliphant

American screenwriter

Stirling Dale Silliphant (16 January 191826 April 1996) was a prolific American screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his Academy-award winning screenplay for In the Heat of the Night. Other acclaimed features as screenwriter include The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure.


  • If you did not suffer from emotions, from feelings, you could be as powerful as we are.
    • David Zellaby (Martin Stephens), Village of the Damned, (speaking to his father) (1960)
  • You have to be taught to leave us alone. Leave us alone.
    • David Zellaby (Martin Stephens), Village of the Damned (speaking to his uncle about himself and the other alien children) (1960).

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