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Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008)

Donald E. Westlake was born on July 12, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Donald Edwin Edmund Westlake. He was a writer, known for Payback (1999), The Stepfather (2009) and The Stepfather (1987). He was married to Abigail Adams, Sandra Foley and Nedra Henderson. He died on December 31, 2008 in San Tancho, Mexico. See full bio »


(age 75) in San Tancho, Mexico

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 2013 Parker (novel "Flashfire" - as Richard Stark)
 2012 Baby, I Got Your Money (Short) (novel "Somebody Owes Me Money" - uncredited)
 2009 The Stepfather (earlier screenplay) / (story)
 2006 Payback: Straight Up (Video) (novel "The Hunter" - as Richard Stark)
 2005 Ripley Under Ground (screenplay)
 2005 The Ax (novel "The Ax")
 2004 Ordo (novel)
 2004 The Hook (novel "The Contract")
 1999 A Slight Case of Murder (TV Movie) (book)
 1999 Jimmy the Kid (novel)
 1999/I Payback (novel "The Hunter" - as Richard Stark)
 1997 La divine poursuite (novel "Dancing Aztecs")
 1995 Two Much (novel)
 1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Fly Paper (1995) ... (teleplay)
 1992 Stepfather III (TV Movie) (characters)
 1991 Myster Mocky présente (TV Series short) (novel - 1 episode)
- Dis-moi qui tu hais ... (novel)
 1990 The Grifters (screenplay)
 1990 Why Me? (book) / (screenplay)
 1989 Stepfather II (characters)
 1987 The Stepfather (screenplay) / (story)
 1984 The Twin (novel "Two Much")
 1983 Slayground (novel - as Richard Stark)
 1982 Jimmy the Kid (novel)
 1979 Hot Stuff (written by)
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Express to Terror (1979) ... (creator) / (story)
 1976 Come ti rapisco il pupo (novel)
 1974 Bank Shot (novel)
 1973 The Outfit (novel "The Outfit" - as Richard Stark)
 1973 Cops and Robbers (novel - uncredited) / (written by)
 1972 The Hot Rock (novel)
 1968 Journey to the Unknown (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- One on an Island (1968) ... (story)
 1968 The Split (novel "The Seventh" - as Richard Stark)
 1967 Pillaged (novel "The Score" - as Richard Stark)
 1967 Point Blank (novel "The Hunter" - as Richard Stark)
 1967 The Busy Body (novel)
 1966 Made in U.S.A (novel "The Jugger" - as Richard Stark)
 1962 87th Precinct (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Feel of the Trigger (1962) ... (story)
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Novel: "Two Much" (filmed as Two Much (1995)) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Interview | 27 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Curt Clark | Tucker Coe | Timothy J. Culver | J. Morgan Cunningham | Samuel Holt | Richard Stark

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Personal Quote:

If I write a novel, I'm a god. If I write a screenplay, I'm a minor deity.


In Westlake's comic crime novel "Jimmy the Kid," a group of thieves stage a kidnapping using a novel by Richard Stark as the basis for their plan. Richard Stark is the pseudonym that Westlake publishes is dark and gritty crime novels under. In addition, Richard Stark himself appears (briefly) as a character in "Jimmy the Kid.". See more »


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