Born and raised in New York City, Reginald Rose became known for his work in early television, especially television plays. Most of his work was for CBS (starting in 1951), but eventually Rose contributed to all major networks.
Rose's most famous play, Twelve Angry Men, was originally written as a teleplay in 1954. Inspired by Rose's own jury service, it was positively received and won three Emmy Awards. Following the teleplay, Twelve Angry Men was made into a 1957 film (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award) and then the 1964 stage play.
Rose wrote several teleplays after Twelve Angry Men: Sacco-Vanzetti Story (1960), Dear Friends (1968), and This Agony, This Triumph (1972). His play Black Monday (1962) premiered Off-Broadway.
Rose died in 2002 of heart failure.
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