Peter Benchley is best known for his 1974 novel and screenplay ‘Jaws’, which became a successful movie hit of the same name.
Peter was the son of author Nathaniel Benchley; and grew up in New York City. He attended school there through to his 8th grade and then went on to study at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. After graduating from Harvard, Peter worked as a reporter for the Washington Post, then as an editor for Newsweek. He was also a speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson in the White House. As a freelance writer, Peter has also written movie reviews, travel pieces, freelance television work, and compiled synopses of the news for newspapers.
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