Peter Benchley

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Birthday
8, 1940
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Feb 12, 2006 (65)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
8, 1940
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Feb 12, 2006 (65)

About

American author who wrote the 1974 bestselling novel, Jaws, which was later adapted into a popular Steven Spielberg film. Benchley's other works include The Deep (1976) and The Island (1979).

Before Fame

He grew up in New York City and graduated from Harvard University. Early in his career, he worked for both The Washington Post and Newsweek and also served as a speech writer for President Lyndon Johnson.

Trivia

Jaws remained on the American bestseller list for forty-four weeks after its publication in 1974.

Family Life

His brother, Nat Benchley, became an actor and an author. Peter Benchley and his wife, Wendy Wesson, were married for over forty years.

Associated With

He was best known for writing Jaws, which director Steven Spielberg later turned into a film.

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