Harold Pinter is a British playwright, screenwriter, poet, actor, director, author, and political activist, best known for his plays “The Birthday Party”, “The Caretaker”, “The Homecoming”, and “Betrayal”, and for his screenplay adaptations of novels by others, such as “The Servant”, “The Go-Between”, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, and “The Trial”.
The recipient of scores of awards and honorary degrees, Pinter received the Nobel Prize in Literature from the Swedish Academy in December 2005. “The Homecoming” won the 1967 Tony Award for Best Play. He has also received the 1995 David Cohen British Literature Prize, the 1996 Laurence Olivier Special Award for a lifetime’s achievement in the theater; a 2001 World Leaders Award for “creative genius”; the Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry, and the Europe Theatre Prize, in recognition of lifetime achievements pertaining to drama and theater. In 2007, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin presented Pinter with one of his country’s highest awards, the Légion d’honneur.