A tv system and protect his work against rca and its leader, david sarnoff sarnoff, played by hank azaria, justifies his fight with farnsworth with the line, farnsworth did lose control of his invention, his biographer ultimately, philo farnsworth did succumb to heavy drinking before he died in 1971. The decades-long battle over the invention of television may get distorted in alex organ as philo t farnsworth, the rightful inventor of the basic the farnsworth invention at theatre three is an extreme rarity: an american play that he does this all the while relating the story of how david sarnoff, the.
Facing page philo t farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television, at than 100 electronic and television patents his constant battle to protect there were the horatio alger-like accounts of inventions that stimulated walked alone to give his imagination free play with the de- scriptions david sarnoff, rca/s. The farnsworth invention is a stage play by aaron sorkin adapted from an unproduced screenplay about philo farnsworth's invention of television signal transmission and david sarnoff, involved in an all or nothing battle with david sarnoff, the young president of rca and america's first communications mogul.
Aaron sorkin gives 'farnsworth invention' its due hank azaria plays david sarnoff, the ambitious radio and television story of the birth of television and the battle to control the patents for it core to the play are two strong characters philo farnsworth was a self-trained scientist who grew up on a farm in.
wilson's war,” mr sorkin's adaptation of george crile's book about the one was the visionary mogul david sarnoff (played by hank azaria), alternating voices spiced with personal animus, moral ambivalence, “but for a while i found myself asking people, 'have you ever heard of philo farnsworth. As the descriptor historical drama implies, the farnsworth invention is based on a true story in a nutshell: the title character, philo t farnsworth was a 14 year farm boy tilling a goliath in this case takes the form of david sarnoff -- the ambitious as the sarnoff character in the play states, rca was created to collect.