Philip H. Reisman, Jr. (November 2, 1916 - June 1, 1999)
Philip H. Reisman, Jr.: Prizewinning Writer for
Film and Television and Expert in Indian Lore
A Larchmont, New York, resident for 50 years, the
late Philip H. Reisman, Jr. was a film and television writer who
made a remarkable contribution to the understanding of American
history and heritage. He received five Academy Awards for
documentaries, including the series
This Is America. His
thirty-two awards from film festivals worldwide include honors for
The Real West, starring Gary Cooper, and
End of the
Trail with Walter Brennan. He also received two Wrangler
awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, an Edgar from the
Mystery Writers of America, and the prestigious Peabody Award for
His television honors included a documentary series
for NBC, Project 20, and
You Are There for CBS.
He co-scripted The Adams Chronicles for the 1976
Bicentennial, a series that captivated the nation and rekindled
interest in American history. The Westchester Historical Society
honored him with the Golden Tomahawk Award for his work on
The Adams Chronicles and for the last episode of the series
Sandberg's Lincoln with Hal Holbrook.
Reisman served many terms as a trustee of the
Larchmont Historical Society. His scholarship on Native American
customs and artifacts, and his knowledge of local history, informed
many society exhibits and publications. Among his many
contributions have been several exhibits; a program on Native
American customs and artifacts; participation in the "I Know a
Village" series; and authoring the "A Slice of Larchmont Life,"
which was a series of Larchmont topics distributed during the
Village Centennial. Reisman studied at Brown University and served
in the U.S. Marine Corps before making his mark as a writer.
Documentation comprises a two film scripts by
Reisman, two 1975 audio tapes of interviews with Reisman conducted
for the Larchmont Public Library, and four color photo
Originally submitted by: Nita M. Lowey,Representative (18th District).
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