American writer Elmore Leonard has died at the age of 87. The famed writer of numerous films and TV series passed away on August 20, 2013 while recovering in a Detroit-area hospital from a stroke suffered in July.
Leonard often wrote about people with “checkered pasts” which made several of his writings ideal for Hollywood’s penchant for movies and TV entertainment about anti-heroes.
‘Jackie Brown’, ‘Out of Sight’, ‘Get Shorty’, ‘3:10 to Yuma’, and TV’s ‘Justified’ are just some of the films and shows based on Elmore Leonard’s work.
Leonard’s method often employed introducing individually a colorful ensemble of “dubiously motivated” characters who often were brought together in the second and third acts to interact in ways that yielded dramatic and often violent results.
It was as if the reader and audience were watching trains set up intentionally for a collision course. The formula was successful, as the anticipation of his story’s denouement was as much fun as the conflict’s conclusion itself.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1925, Elmore Leonard first achieved a measure of success in the mid 1950’s, with film versions of his novel ‘Hombre’ and an original screen story written for the film ‘3:10 to Yuma’ in 1957.
Leonard worked steadily throughout the next several years, developing an ardent fan base for his signature writing style which took “pulp” and “western” elements and fused them seamlessly into genre stories that crackle with sharp dialog and energy.
‘Get Shorty’ in 1995 led to a rediscovering of Elmore Leonard by film audiences. Of that novel’s adaptation into feature film, Leonard offered, “All the adaptations of my books all sucked. This one [Get Shorty (1995)] got it right for once.” Source: (IMDB)
Elmore Leonard passed away this morning, Aug 20 2013 due to complications from the stroke suffered in July. No further details have been released at the time of this article’s publication.