American screenwriter John Michael Hayes has died of natural causes at the age of 89.
Hayes - who wrote some of director Alfred Hitchcocks best-known films - passed away on 19 November (08) in a retirement community in Hanover, New Hampshire.
He adapted four of Hitchcock's films, including 1954's Rear Window, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, and his work on 1955 project Mystery Writers of America gained him an Academy Award nomination and won him an Edgar Award.
In addition to Rear Window, Hayes also adapted the director's 1955 films To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant, and The Trouble With Harry - as well as a remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much, in 1956.
Besides his work for Hitchcock, Hayes was known for writing Peyton Place, a 1957 screenplay also nominated for an Oscar.
He began his career as a radio writer, after serving in the Army in World War II, with earlier film credits including 1953's Thunder Bay, directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart.
He later wrote adaptations of The Children's Hour and Butterfield 8 - a 1960 film starring Elizabeth Taylor.
Through the 1980s and '90s, he wrote television movies and began teaching film at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
Hayes is survived by two daughters, Rochelle Hayes and Meredyth Hayes Badreau; two sons, Garrett Michael and Corey; and four grandchildren.
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