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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Writers

    J. D. Salinger: Born: 1919-01-01 - Died: 2010-01-27
    Salinger was a beloved American author who is best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. He is also remembered for his reclusive lifestyle, he published his last work in 1965 and gave his last public interview in 1980. The success of Catcher In The Rye let to loads of public attention [...]
    Robert B. Parker: Born: 1932-09-17 - Died: 2010-01-18
    Parker was a famous crime writer who is probably best known for his Spenser and Jesse Stone series of novels. The Spenser series was adapted into a television show for the ABC Network during the late 1980s entitled Spenser: For Hire, starring the late Robert Urich. The Jesse Stone series has also been turned into [...]
    Soupy Sales: Born: 1926-01-08 - Died: 2009-10-22
    Sales was a very famous comedian, actor and on air personality. He is probably best known for his children’s television show “Lunch with Soupy Sales”. The show was a series of comedy sketches with almost every skit ending with the classic pie in the face, which became Sales’ trademark.
    William Safire: Born: 1929-12-17 - Died: 2009-09-27
    Safire was an author, journalist, columnist and presidential speechwriter. He is probably most known for his long running syndicated column for the New York Times. Safire retired from his political column in 2005, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times had the following to say about Safire… “The New York Times without Bill [...]
    Dominick Dunne: Born: 1925-10-29 - Died: 2009-08-26
    Dunne was an investigative journalist whose focus was generally on the way high society types interact with the judicial system. He had written six novels, two non-fiction books, two collections and produced four movies. At the time of his death he was working on his final book, Too Much Money.
    Don Hewitt: Born: 1922-12-14 - Died: 2009-08-19
    Hewitt was a television executive and producer who is best known for creating the news magazine show 60 Minutes.
    Robert Novak: Born: 1931-02-26 - Died: 2009-08-18
    Novak was a syndicated columnist, political commentator and journalist for more than 45 years. He was also the author of the longest-running syndicated column in U.S. political history.
    John Hughes: Born: 1950-02-08 - Died: 2009-08-06
    Hughes was a writer, director and producer of some of the most popular movies from the 80′s & 90′s. Some of his work includes The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Vacation, among others.
    Dom DeLuise: Born: 1933-08-01 - Died: 2009-05-04
    DeLuise was an actor, comedian, director, producer and chef. He began his career as a regular performer on the television show The Entertainers in 1964. Later, he was hired by TV producer Greg Garrison to appear periodically on the Dean Martin Show. DeLUise would go on as “Dominick the Great”, a magic act gone horribly [...]
    Jack Kemp: Born: 1935-07-13 - Died: 2009-05-02
    Kemp was a former professional football player turned politician who was the Vice President nominee, in 1996, alongside Bob Dole. As a U.S. Congressman he was the primary driver of President Ronald Reagan’s supply-side economics agenda which led to large tax cuts. These cuts are largely credited with bringing on one of the most successful [...]
    Steinar Lem: Born: 1951-05-09 - Died: 2009-04-28
    Lem was a Norwegian environmental activist, author and spokesperson for The Future In Our Hands, and anti-consumerism activist. Some of Lem’s work includes… - Signaler – compilation - Utenfor bymuren – short stories - Motlys – novel - Grenseovergang – novel - Bjørneboes menneskesyn i Frihetens øyeblikk – thesis - Den tause krigen - Det [...]
    James Purdy: Born: 1923-07-17 - Died: 2009-03-13
    Purdy was a short story writer, poet, playwright, and novelist who published numerous novels and collections of short stories and poetry. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. His work has been praised by the likes of Francis King, A.N. Wilson, Lillian Hellman and even Gore Vidal, who went on to say [...]
    Braden Keil: Born: 1956-01-01 - Died: 2009-03-10
    Keil was an infamous “scoop artist” in the real-estate industry for the New York Post. Keil wrote a weekly column entitled Gimme Shelter. He also worked as a gossip reporter for The Washington Times and even ran for congress in the late 80’s. Back in 2007 Keil wrote a column that broke the news about [...]
    Jim Bellows: Born: 1923-01-01 - Died: 2009-03-06
    Bellows was the famed editor of L.A. Herald Examiner and well known for rescuing underdog big-city newspapers from L.A. to New York. During his prestigious career Bellows worked at the New York Herald Tribume, Los Angeles Times, Washington Star, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC News: World News Tonight… to name a few. [...]
    Horton Foote: Born: 1916-03-14 - Died: 2009-03-04
    Foote was an award winning playwright and screenwriter, who is probably best known for his screenplay for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird which starred Gregory Peck. Some of Footes other notable works include Baby the Rain Must Fall, The Trip to Bountiful, The Midnight Caller, Of Mice and Men, The Young Man from [...]
    Andrew Bourland: Born: 1955-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-16
    Bourland was the co-founder of ClickZ, an online publication with more than 40 online marketing professionals writing various columns. After ClickZ was acquired by INT Media Group in Septemeber 2000, Bourland launched his own blog, Bourland.com which covered and discussed new business models. During the later stages of his illness his blog became a place [...]
    John Updike: Born: 1932-03-18 - Died: 2009-01-27
    John Updike was an American writer of novels, poems, and other forms of writing. He is best known for his novel “The Witches of Eastwick,” which would later become a major motion picture, and his Rabbit series ((Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered).
    Claude Berri: Born: 1934-07-01 - Died: 2009-01-12
    Berri was a French screenwriter, producer, and director. He won the Best Film BAFTA for Jean de Florette in 1986. He’s also been nominated around 12 for César Awards, but never won. In 1966 he won the Best Short Film Academy Award for Le Poulet. He was also producer on Roman Polanski’s Tess, which was [...]
    William Gibson: Born: 1914-11-13 - Died: 2008-11-25
    Gibson was a Tony Award-winning playwright and novelist. He is best known for writing The Miracle Worker, which won him the Tony for Best Play. The Miracle Worker is the story of how Helen Keller received her childhood education.
    John Michael Hayes: Born: 1919-05-11 - Died: 2008-11-19
    Hayes was an Academy Award nominated screenwriter, who’s most famous work was the Alfred Hitchcock film “Rear Window”. Hayes and Hitchcock worked together quite a bit; the two collaborated on “The Trouble With Harry,” “To Catch a Thief” and the 1956 version of “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” In 1990 Hayes donated his collection [...]
    Clive Barnes: Born: 1927-05-13 - Died: 2008-11-19
    Barnes was a well respected writer and broadcaster, he also held the position of chief dance, drama and opera critic for the New York Post. Along with his role at the New York Times, Barnes also wrote a monthly column for Dance Magazine, “Attitudes”. Barnes authored numerous books over the years, all pertaining to theater [...]
    Michael Crichton: Born: 1942-10-23 - Died: 2008-11-04
    Crichton was a well-known author, medical doctor, film director, film producer, and television producer. He his best known for his science fiction and thriller novels, television programs, and films based off his books. Some of his more famous work includes The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Timeline, Disclosure, Prey and Next. He also created the Show ER… [...]
    Tony Hillerman: Born: 1925-05-27 - Died: 2008-10-26
    Hillerman was an author of detective novels most notably being his Navajo Tribal Police mystery series. All of his novels are set in the Four Corners area of New Mexico and Arizona. Hillerman is credited for creating the beloved characters Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Below is a list of his Leaphorn & Chee books… [...]
    Mr. Blackwell: Born: 1922-08-29 - Died: 2008-10-19
    Mr. Blackwell was a fashion critic, who is commonly known for his “Ten Worst Dressed Women” list. The list is an annual awards presentation given out each January. Along with his annual list he also wrote two books “Mr. Blackwell: 30 Years of Fashion Fiascos” and an autobiography “From Rags to Bitches”.
    Sergio Leone: Born: 1929-01-03 - Died: 1989-04-30
    Sergio Leone was an Italian filmmaker known mostly for his “spaghetti western” movies. The most famous of these are “A Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More”, and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, all starring Clint Eastwood. Leone was probably the most influential filmmaker in the Spaghetti Western genre which also included [...]
    David Foster Wallace: Born: 1962-02-21 - Died: 2008-09-12
    David Foster Wallace was an American writer who wrote novels, essays, and short stories. His most well known works include the novel Infinite Jest, which was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Best English-Language Novels, quite an accomplishment. He also wrote the novel The Broom of the System, short story collections: Girl [...]
    Tammy Faye Messner: Born: 1942-03-07 - Died: 2007-07-20
    Messner was a Christian singer, evangelist, entrepreneur, author, talk show host, and television personality. She was the former wife of televangelist Jim Bakker (who is a convicted felon), and she co-hosted the PTL Club with him from 1976 to 1987. She is probably most remembered as wearing loads of makeup, especially mascara. She often wore [...]
    Ed Bradley: Born: 1941-06-22 - Died: 2006-11-09
    Bradley was a journalist, who is best known for his 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News show 60 Minutes. During his career Bradley was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, anchored his own news broadcast, “CBS Sunday Night with Ed Bradley”, and covered the fall of Saigon. He [...]
    Don Haskins: Born: 1930-03-14 - Died: 2008-09-07
    Haskins was the men’s basketball head coach of Texas Western College (now known as the University of Texas at El Paso). He held the position from 1961 through 1999; his tenure included the 1966 season when his team won the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship over the University of Kentucky Wildcats, who was coached [...]
    Ossie Davis: Born: 1917-12-18 - Died: 2005-02-04
    Ossie Davis was a film actor, director, and writer. He was married to actress Ruby Dee. Mostly known for his acting, he appeared in such notable films as Doctor Doolittle, I’m Not Rappaport, Grumpy Old Men, Jungle Fever, Joe Versus the Volcano, and Bubba Ho-Tep in which he played JFK. Davis was also a political [...]