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Elmore Leonard, the famed author of numerous gritty crime thrillers, has passed away at the age of 87 due to complications from a stroke. A Detroit native, known as "Dutch" amongst friends and family, Leonard leaves behind a tremendous legacy of work with more than 40 novels published, many of them adapted into films or TV shows. Among those adapted to the big screen are Joe Kidd with Clint Eastwood, Mr. Majestyk with Charles Bronson, Out Of Sight with George Clooney, 3:10 To Yuma »
- Paul Shirey
Author Elmore Leonard, whose dark-crime books have been optioned into a slew of hit TV shows and movies, is currently recovering from a stroke in a hospital near his Detroit-area home. He is 87.
"Out of Sight," "Get Shorty," "Rum Punch" (released as "Jackie Brown"), and "Three-Ten to Yuma" are among Leonard's novels and short stories that have been adapted into films. He also originated the "Justified" character Raylan Givens, and he's penned several screenplays, such as the 1972 Clint Eastwood Western "Joe Kidd."
The movie "Life of Crime," based on his thriller "The Switch," is set to premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, and Isla Fisher, it's described as "a crime caper about two ex-cons whose plan to kidnap a real estate developer's wife doesn't go quite as smoothly as expected."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leonard's stroke "was not life-threatening. »
- Laura Larson
No-nonsense Western starring Clint Eastwood as a bounty hunter enlisted by ruthless land owner Robert Duvall to help quash an uprising of Mexican rebels. But joining a posse doesn't mean a man has to agree with its cause, and Joe soon senses a switch in his allegiances. With a script by crime ace Elmore Leonard and The Magnificent Seven director John Sturges holding the reins, it's no surprise that Joe Kidd delivers his words and deeds straight up. »
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