George Plimpton

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Birthday
18, 1927
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Sep 25, 2003 (76)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
18, 1927
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Sep 25, 2003 (76)

About

An American journalist and sports writer, he is best known for works such as Paper Lion (1966) and Out of My League (1961). Outside of sports writing, he co-founded the respected literary publication, The Paris Review.

Before Fame

He was an amateur athlete. Also a participatory journalist, he often wrote about his experiences, which included playing quarterback in a pre-season NFL game; pitching to several all-stars prior to a 1959 All-Star baseball game; performing as a trapeze artist for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus, and fighting boxers Archie and Sugar Ray Robinson.

Trivia

He once played with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Family Life

He married his second wife, Sarah Whitehead Dudley, in 1991. Previously, he had been married to Freddy Medora Espy.

Associated With

He played a small role in the Matt Damon movie Good Will Hunting.