Life and work
Gray has written over 30 plays, including Butley, Quartermaine 's Terms, several TV movies, film scripts and some other popular pieces. He worked several times with the actor Alan Bates and director Harold Pinter. Peter Bowles, Edward Fox and Clive Francis appeared in his plays. The main roles of his pieces are often played by middle-aged men. The pieces often deal of educated intellectuals.
2004 Simon Gray was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama and literature. The chain -smoking Gray, who had published in 2008 the third part of his autobiography under the title The Smoking Diaries, died on 6 August 2008 from lung cancer.