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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 October 1880Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Date of Death 10 December 1946New York City, New York, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameAlfred Damon Runyan

Mini Bio (1)

Born out of wedlock in Manhattan, Kansas, but grew up in Denver. A close friend of fellow New York sportswriter--and former western gunfighter--William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson, who knew the Runyan family in Denver. In the late teens and early 1920s both Ed Sullivan and Walter Winchell worked as Runyon's leg men. Buried in New York's Woodlawn Cemetery.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Max von Meyerling

Spouse (2)

Patrice Amati del Grande (7 July 1932 - 10 December 1946) (his death)
Elen Egan (May 1911 - 9 November 1931) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (8)

Orignial last name "Runyan" was changed to "Runyon" by a careless copy editor at the paper where Damon worked; Runyon decided to keep the new spelling.
Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 2002.
Reporter, sports columnist, and popular short story writer.
Author of the short stories "Guys and Dolls," "Little Miss Marker," "The Old Doll's House," "The Big Mitten," "The Lemon Drop Kid," and "Lady for a Day." With the exception of "Guys and Dolls" (which was made as a film for the first time in 1955, nine years after his death), all of these stories were adapted as feature films during his lifetime, and remade or re-adapted after his death.
Suffered from throat cancer (which left him speechless) and died broke.
Recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award (presented to a writer for meritorious contributions to baseball writing) in 1963.
After his death, as requested in his will, he was cremated and his ashes scattered over Manhattan by his son from a plane piloted by his old friend, legendary flier Eddie Rickenbacker.
Shortly after his death from throat cancer, his old friend and former assistant Walter Winchell established the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund in his memory. As the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Institute, the foundation continues to fund research into finding a cure for cancer.

Personal Quotes (1)

The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong -- but that's the way to bet.

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