Gary Gilmore

Birthday
4, 1940
Birthplace
Texas
Death Date
Jan 17, 1977 (36)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
4, 1940
Birthplace
Texas
Death Date
Jan 17, 1977 (36)

About

Murderer who was sentenced to death by firing squad following the killing of Max Jensen and Bennie Bushnell. In 1977, he became the first person to be executed in the United States in ten years.

Before Fame

He dropped out of high school as a freshman and started stealing cars at age fourteen.

Trivia

His last words before his execution, "let's do it," have become famous in popular culture. Dan Wieden, who came up with Nike's "Let's Do It" slogan, claims that Gilmore inspired the slogan.

Family Life

His father was a con man who, along with Gary's mother, lived under the fake name Coffman to avoid the law at the time of his birth.

Associated With

Tommy Lee Jones won an Emmy for portraying him in the 1982 television movie "The Executioner's Song."