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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 August 1930Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 19 July 2009Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (metastatic melanoma)
Birth NameFrancis McCourt

Mini Bio (1)

Frank McCourt was born August 19, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents; grew up in Limerick, Ireland; and, at the age of 19, returned to the United States. Surviving initially through a string of casual jobs, spending every spare minute reading books from the public library, Frank began a process of self-education and improvement that eventually led to a career as a high-school teacher. For 27 years, he taught in various New York City public schools, the last seventeen of which were spent at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan.

After retiring from teaching, Frank and his brother Malachy McCourt performed a two-man show titled "A Couple of Blackguards," a musical review about their Irish youth. Then, in his 60s, McCourt sat down and began writing about his past. The tales of his childhood that he had told many times to his classes at school and in the bars of New York soon took shape as the highly acclaimed memoir Angela's Ashes (1999). Published initially in the United States, it went straight into the bestseller lists and then crossed the Atlantic to take the bookshops by storm in Ireland, in the rest of Europe, and around the world.

"Angela's Ashes" went on to win, in the US alone, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the LA Times Award. His second book, about his life in the US after he moved from Ireland, is called "'Tis." A third volume, "Teacher Man," appeared soon afterward. Frank McCourt lived with his wife Ellen in New York City and Connecticut.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: J.Morrow

Spouse (2)

Ellen Frey (1994 - 19 July 2009) (his death)
Alberta Small (August 1961 - ?) (1 child)

Trivia (14)

Older brother of Malachy McCourt.
Daughter, Maggie, with first wife. Grandaughter Chiara.
Biography-bibliography in "Contemporary Authors," New Revision Series, Vol. 138, pp. 316-319. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
His family left the United States for Ireland in 1934, but he returned to the U.S. when he was 19.
Three of his six siblings died of diseases that were aggravated by their malnutrition.
Nearly died of typhoid fever at the age of 10.
Earned a Master's degree in English from Brooklyn College in 1967.
Survived by his wife, Ellen Frey McCourt; his brothers, Malachy, Alphie, and Mike; his daughter Maggie McCourt; and his three grandchildren, Chiara, Frank, and Jack.
1957 graduate of New York University, having earned a Bachelor's degree in English education.
Born on Classon Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.
Was a New York public school teacher for over 30 years.
Lived in the Gramercy section of Manhattan in New York City.
Did not start writing until he was retired in his sixties.
In "'Tis" (the sequel to "Angela's Ashes"), he talks about having known his first wife Alberta "Mike" Small before their marriage. In contrast to his dirt-poor childhood, she had a patrician upbringing. He also recalls having worked a menial job in a hotel at the time that the Korean War broke out. He enlisted in the United States Army and went through training but never got sent to the war.

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