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Joseph Heller (1923–1999)

Joseph Heller was born May 1, 1923, in the Coney Island section of New York City. He is best known for his 1961 novel 'Catch-22', whose title gave the English language a new phrase for a no-win situation. The situation was that of protagonist Yossarian, who claims that he is too crazy to fly any more bombing missions, but is told by the military ... See full bio »

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Known For

Catch-22 Writer
Dirty Dingus Magee
Catch-22 Writer


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 1973 Catch-22 (TV Movie) (novel)
 1973 Bombardovanje Nju Hejvna (TV Movie)
 1970 Dirty Dingus Magee (screenplay)
 1970 Catch-22 (novel)
 1970 Pommitamme Pasilasta (TV Movie) (novel "Catch-22")
 1967 Casino Royale (uncredited)
 1964 Sex and the Single Girl (screenplay)
 1962 McHale's Navy (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- PT 73 Where Are You? (1962) ... (written by - as Joe Heller)
 1962 Camera Three (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Catch 22 (1962) ... (story)
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 1994 Charlie Rose (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Episode dated 24 October 1994 (1994) ... Himself - Guest
 1986 Late Night with David Letterman (TV Series)
- Episode dated 13 November 1986 (1986) ... Himself
 1985 James Jones: Reveille to Taps (Video documentary)
 1979-1984 The South Bank Show (TV Series documentary)
- Joseph Heller (1984) ... Himself
 1974 Today (TV Series)
- Episode dated 16 October 1974 (1974) ... Himself

Personal Details

Other Works:

(6/13/71) Stage: "Catch-22" produced at the John Drew Theater in East Hampton, NY. Larry Arrick directed. Its next production and Midwest premiere was by Chicago's Kingston Mines Theatre Company, opening Jan. 7, 1972. Gary Houston directed. Russ Badger played Yossarian, and Jack Wallace played Whitcomb. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 4 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

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Joe Heller

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Personal Quote:

[when asked what he does in his spare time] Nothing. Really, nothing. I have no hobbies, no recreations. I hate sports. I also hate gardening and walking. I don't go to movies or the theater or watch television. What I *do* like is lying down. My best thinking is done going into or coming out of naps. See more »


Predicted, prior to the release of the Mike Nichols film version of Catch-22 (1970), that if the film was a hit then he, Heller, would take the credit; if it was a flop, Nichols would take the blame. See more »

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