'Rear Window' writer dies at 89

John Michael Hayes also Oscar-nominated for 'Peyton'

CONCORD, N.H. -- Screenwriter John Michael Hayes, nominated for Academy Awards for the classic Alfred Hitchcock film "Rear Window" and for "Peyton Place," has died at 89.

Hayes, who was involved in Dartmouth College's film-studies program, died of natural causes Wednesday at a retirement community in Hanover, N.H., John Wilson of Rand Wilson Funeral Home said Monday.

Hayes also collaborated with Hitchcock on "To Catch a Thief," "The Trouble With Harry" and the 1956 remake of Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much." His most recent writing credit is the 1994 film "Iron Will."

Hayes was born in Worcester, Mass., in 1919. He got his start writing for newspapers and radio. After paying his way through school at Massachusetts State College, Hayes moved to Hollywood. There he landed a job writing for Lucille Ball's radio program "My Favorite Husband" and the serial drama "The Adventures of Sam Spade."

His radio work caught the attention of Universal Studios, which hired him as a screenwriter during the early 1950s.

Hayes donated his collection of scripts, photographs, letters and clippings from his Hollywood career to Dartmouth in 1990.
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