Gustav Hasford

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Birthday
28, 1947
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
Jan 29, 1993 (45)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
28, 1947
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
Jan 29, 1993 (45)

About

A journalist, author, and one-time Marine Corps officer, he slightly fictionalized his Vietnam War experiences in The Short-Timers, a 1979 novel that inspired the famous film, Full Metal Jacket. His other literary works include The Phantom Blooper (1990) and a Gypsy Good Time (1992).

Before Fame

He was a combat correspondent with the Marines in Vietnam, and he wrote for several armed forces publications.

Trivia

His screenplay for Full Metal Jacket earned an Academy Award nomination in 1988.

Family Life

His wife, Charlene, lent her name to the rifle owned by Private Pyle, a character in The Short-Timers.

Associated With

Stanley Kubrick turned Hasford's novel into a movie classic.