Born in Scotland, after writing a series of novels, Sharp wrote the screenplays for Peter Fonda's 1971 follow-up to "Easy Rider," "The Hired Hand," co-starring Fonda and Warren Oates; Robert Aldrich western "Ulzana's Raid" (1972), starring Burt Lancaster; Arthur Penn's iconic private eye thriller "Night Moves" (1975), starring Gene Hackman and Melanie Griffith; and Michael Caton-Jones' 1995 Highland outlaw epic "Rob Roy," starring Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange.
Sharp also directed the Margot Kidder comedy "Little Treasure" (1985). Writing for television on such series as "Ben-Hur" (2010) well into his mid-70's, Sharp was one of the eldest working members of the Writers Guild. His final feature was "Dean Spanley," a New Zealand picture starring Peter O'Toole and Jeremy Northam that was never released theatrically stateside. A few trailers are below.
Seattle critic Richard Jameson long deemed Sharp as "one of the great living screenwriters."
A Memorial for Sharp will be held on Saturday, March 2 at the Jim Henson Studios on La Brea Boulevard in Los Angeles. For details, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, Sharp's family asks that you make donations in Sharp’s name to the Johnnie Cochran Jr. Brain Tumor Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.