A twentieth-century American novelist, he is remembered for Last Exit to Brooklyn and Requiem for a Dream, both of which were made into films.
He dropped out of school and joined the Merchant Marines when he was fifteen years old.
He used unorthodox punctuation in his novels.
He married Suzanne Selby in 1969. He was known to his friends as "Cubby."
His famous novel, Requiem for a Dream, was made into a film starring Jared Leto.