Charles Bukowski

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Birthday
16, 1920
Birthplace
Andernach, Germany
Death Date
Mar 9, 1994 (73)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
16, 1920
Birthplace
Andernach, Germany
Death Date
Mar 9, 1994 (73)

About

German-born, Los Angeles-based poet and author who is remembered for his works of dirty realism and transgressive fiction. A writer of novels, poems, short stories, and screenplays, he is known for works such as Factotum, The Last Night of the Earth Poems, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, and Barfly.

Before Fame

Suspected of draft dodging, he was arrested by FBI agents in Philadelphia, and he spent nearly a month in prison during the World War II years.

Trivia

His poetry deals with the subjects of love, alcoholism, Los Angeles, and poverty.

Family Life

His memoir Ham on Rye describes his childhood with an abusive father. Bukowski married health food restaurant owner Linda Lee Beighle nine years before his death from leukemia. He had a daughter named Marina.

Associated With

Actor Mickey Rourke played Bukowski in the 1984 film Barfly.