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Jimmy Breslin

  • Birthplace: Queens, New York
  • Birthday: October 17
Date of passing: 
March 19, 2017

Jimmy Breslin was a famed New York City newspaper columnist and the best-selling author of the novel The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, which was made into a 1971 comedic film starring Jerry Orbach and Robert De Niro.

Breslin also provided the story for the television movie The Neighborhood, and served as a co-producer on the telefilm Nuclear Family.

Additionally, he appeared on talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett, David Frost, Johnny Caron, Mike Douglas, David Letterman and Charlie Rose, and in 1986 he hosted his own twice-weekly late night television show on ABC, Jimmy Breslin's People.

Breslin is also credited as a pioneer of "New Journalism" — a more literary approach to news reporting — with Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe.

Jimmy Breslin was a famed New York City newspaper columnist and the best-selling author of the novel The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, which was made into a 1971 comedic film starring Jerry Orbach and Robert De Niro.

Breslin also provided the story for the television movie The Neighborhood, and served as a co-producer on the telefilm Nuclear Family.

Additionally, he appeared on talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett, David Frost, Johnny Caron, Mike Douglas, David Letterman and Charlie Rose, and in 1986 he hosted his own twice-weekly late night television show on ABC, Jimmy Breslin's People.

Breslin is also credited as a pioneer of "New Journalism" — a more literary approach to news reporting — with Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe.

In 1986, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

Breslin died March 19, 2017, in New York City. He was 86.

 

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