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George Plimpton

George Plimpton

George Plimpton is perhaps most notably recognized for his contributions to the literary and performing arts.

A celebrated sports journalist, Plimpton is the author of the critically acclaimed nonfiction book Out of My League, which chronicles his experience pitching to an all-star lineup of National League and American League baseball players; the classic Paper Lion, an account of his season as a third-string rookie quarterback at the summer training camp of the Detroit Lions; The Bogey Man, exploring his venture into professional golf; as well as Mad Ducks and Bears, One More July, Shadow Box, Open Net and One for the Record, the inside story of Hank Aaron's pursuit of the home-run record. His first novel, The Curious Case of Sidd Finch was published in 1987. He recently published the oral biography Truman Capote, In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career, as well as Pet Peeves or Whatever Happened to Doctor Rawff? Plimpton has collaborated with numerous authors on a wide variety of subjects. He is also the editor of The Paris Review.

As an actor, Plimpton has appeared in numerous motion pictures and television programs. Among his feature film credits are The Last Days of Disco, Good Will Hunting, When We Were Kings, Nixon, Just Cause, Little Man Tate, L.A. Story, Bonfire of the Vanities, Easy Wheels, Pumping Iron II: The Women, and Beyond the Law.

On television he provided the narration for New York: A Documentary Film, as well as "Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Santon & Susan B. Anthony, The Donner Party, and Coney Island." He also was the voice of George Templeton Strong in the miniseries The Civil War.

Mr. Plimpton also appeared in episodes of Just Shoot Me, Wonderland, It's Like, You Know, ER, The Single Guy, Wings, and The Equalizer.

He resides in New York City.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

George Plimpton Facts

Birth NameGeorge Ames Plimpton
BirthdayMarch 18, 1927
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Date of deathSeptember 25, 2003 (age 76)
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is George Plimpton compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Ken Burns: The Civil War
Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen
Stephen Sondheim Collection
Just Visiting
Putney Swope
Soul Power
Little Man Tate
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