Donald Edwin Westlake

Donald Edwin Westlake

Birth
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 31 Dec 2008 (aged 75)
Mexico
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashed scattered on his property in Hudson Valley, New York
Memorial ID 32573477 · View Source
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Author, Motion Picture Screenwriter. An acclaimed writer of more than 100 books, he is most noted for his works of crime fiction. Among his novels which became motion picture adaptations are "The Busy Body", "The Hunter" ("Point Blank" is the movie title), "The Hot Rock", "Cops and Robbers", "Bank Shot", "Jimmy the Kid" and "What's the Worst That Could Happen?". Born in New York City, he attended Champlain and Harpur Colleges. He served in the United States Air Force before writing his first memorable novel "The Mercenaries" (1960). During his career of nearly 50 years, Westlake wrote under several pseudonyms most notably as Richard Stark. He was a three-time winner of the Edgar Award and was named Grand Master in 1993. He received an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay "The Grifters" (1990). He died from a heart attack while vacationing in Mexico.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 2 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 32573477
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Edwin Westlake (12 Jul 1933–31 Dec 2008), Find a Grave Memorial no. 32573477, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashed scattered on his property in Hudson Valley, New York.