Elmore Leonard

Raylan Givens (of the TV series “Justified”), Hombre, and Mr. Majestyk are all characters of Elmore Leonard, a prolific author and screenwriter. His birthday was yesterday, October 11 (1925).  

He started out writing Westerns and then added crime fiction and thrillers. Many of his works were made into movies, and he wrote screenplays himself. “Last Stand at Saber River” (Tom Selleck), “Hombre” (Paul Newman), “The Tall T” (Randolph Scott), “Valdez is Coming” (Burt Lancaster), “Mr. Majestyk” (Charles Bronson), “Get Shorty” (John Travolta), “Joe Kidd” (Clint Eastwood), “3:10 to Yuma” (Glenn Ford, 1957, and then Russell Crowe, 2007) were just some of the movies made from his novels or stories or for which he did the screenplays. 

He was born in New Orleans but he lived most of his life in Detroit. He served in the Navy in WWII right after graduating from a high school in Detroit. He graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in English and Philosophy.

He died at his home in a suburb of Detroit on August 20, 2013.