David Mamet was born on November 30, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. He is an American playwright, author, film director, screenwriter and producer. He is the award-winning author of numerous plays including Oleana, GlengarryGlen Ross, American Buffalo, and Speed-The-Plow, screenplays for such films as The Verdict, The Untouchables, and Wag The Dog, and the novels The Village, The Old Religion and Wilson.
In 1984, David won the Pulitzer prize in Drama for Glengary Glen Ross, as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, was nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Play and it won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Play Production at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
David Mamet has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post since May 2005, where he draws satirical cartoons covering themes including the political strife in Israel. Mamet revealed that he gradually rejected so-called political correctness and progressivism and embraced conservatism in a 2008 essay at The Village Voice titled entitled “Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal”. He has also spoken in numerous interviews about the changes in his views, discussing his agreement with free market theorists such as Friedrich Hayek, the historian Paul Johnson, and economist Thomas Sowell, whom Mamet called “one of our greatest minds”.
On January 29, 2013 Newsweek published an essay written by David Mamet which argued against gun control laws. In it he said, “It was intended to guard us against this inevitable decay of government that the Constitution was written. Its purpose was and is not to enthrone a Government superior to an imperfect and confused electorate, but to protect us from such a government.”