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Frank Lewis Mundus

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Frank Lewis Mundus

Birth
Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Death
10 Sep 2008 (aged 82)
Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea Add to Map
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American Folk Legend. In 1975 the American public became petrified to enter the ocean for fear of being attacked by a shark. That fear was the result of the summer's blockbuster movie, “Jaws.” Its central figure, Captain Quint, has been believed by fisherman as having been modeled after a real life shark hunter, Frank Mundus. Mundus’ reputation as the king of shark fishing began in 1977 when he landed a 4,500 pound great white shark with a harpoon off his home port of Montauk, New York. This was further bolstered in 1986 when he and a charter passenger on his boat, Don Braddick, caught the largest fish – a 3,427 great white shark - with a rod and reel. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Mundus entered the charter fishing business with his boat “Cricket” in 1947 based in Brielle, New Jersey. In 1951 he relocated to the fishing haven of Montauk at the eastern tip of Long Island’s south fork with his second vessel, “Cricket II.” It was on the Cricket II that one of his frequent passengers was Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws. Although Benchley denied that Mundus was the inspiration for the character Quint, few who knew him ever doubted that the two were one-in-the-same. Not only was Mundus the reputed “Monster Man” and the idol of every shark fisherman, he had a personality to match, just like that of Captain Quint (played by Robert Shaw). Mundus even looked the part with his diamond earring, shark necklace and port and starboard colored toenails. If his reputation as the Monster Man wasn’t already well established, once the movie was released to world-wide acclaim, Mundus promoted himself as the real life Quint making appearances at boat shows, on television (including The Late Show with David Letterman) and speaking engagements. He was the subject of a documentary "Shark Hunter: Chasing the Great White" narrated by actor Roy Scheider who played Amity Police Chief Martin Brody in the Jaws movies. In 2005 with the help of his wife Jeanette he wrote his autobiography and titled it “Fifty Years a Hooker.” Mundus left New York in 1991 and retired in Hawaii. He died upon his return there after a trip home to Montauk. His death was the result of a heart attack.
American Folk Legend. In 1975 the American public became petrified to enter the ocean for fear of being attacked by a shark. That fear was the result of the summer's blockbuster movie, “Jaws.” Its central figure, Captain Quint, has been believed by fisherman as having been modeled after a real life shark hunter, Frank Mundus. Mundus’ reputation as the king of shark fishing began in 1977 when he landed a 4,500 pound great white shark with a harpoon off his home port of Montauk, New York. This was further bolstered in 1986 when he and a charter passenger on his boat, Don Braddick, caught the largest fish – a 3,427 great white shark - with a rod and reel. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Mundus entered the charter fishing business with his boat “Cricket” in 1947 based in Brielle, New Jersey. In 1951 he relocated to the fishing haven of Montauk at the eastern tip of Long Island’s south fork with his second vessel, “Cricket II.” It was on the Cricket II that one of his frequent passengers was Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws. Although Benchley denied that Mundus was the inspiration for the character Quint, few who knew him ever doubted that the two were one-in-the-same. Not only was Mundus the reputed “Monster Man” and the idol of every shark fisherman, he had a personality to match, just like that of Captain Quint (played by Robert Shaw). Mundus even looked the part with his diamond earring, shark necklace and port and starboard colored toenails. If his reputation as the Monster Man wasn’t already well established, once the movie was released to world-wide acclaim, Mundus promoted himself as the real life Quint making appearances at boat shows, on television (including The Late Show with David Letterman) and speaking engagements. He was the subject of a documentary "Shark Hunter: Chasing the Great White" narrated by actor Roy Scheider who played Amity Police Chief Martin Brody in the Jaws movies. In 2005 with the help of his wife Jeanette he wrote his autobiography and titled it “Fifty Years a Hooker.” Mundus left New York in 1991 and retired in Hawaii. He died upon his return there after a trip home to Montauk. His death was the result of a heart attack.

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