Willard Motley

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Birthday
4, 1909
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Mar 4, 1965 (55)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
4, 1909
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Mar 4, 1965 (55)

About

A twentieth-century African-American writer and journalist, he is best known for his 1947 novel, Knock on Any Door, which was made into a film directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart. His other works include Let No Man Write My Epitaph and Let Noon Be Fair.

Before Fame

Using the pseudonym of "Bud Billikin," he wrote a children's column entitled "Bud Says" for the Chicago Defender.

Trivia

His most famous novel, Knock on Any Door, is often classified as a work of gritty naturalism.

Family Life

He grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and he died in Mexico City. He was the nephew of artist Archibald Motley.

Associated With

His novel, We Fished All Night, was made into a movie featuring music by Ella Fitzgerald.

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