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Overview (5)

Born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Burbank, California, USA  (complications after surgery to improve circulation to his legs)
Birth NameEdward Heward Bunker
Nicknames Bunk
Eddie
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Edward Bunker was born on December 31, 1933 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA as Edward Heward Bunker. He was an actor and writer, known for Reservoir Dogs (1992), The Longest Yard (2005) and Tango & Cash (1989). He was married to Jennifer Steele. He died on July 19, 2005 in Burbank, California.

Spouse (1)

Jennifer Steele (1979 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (10)

Straight Time (1978) won 1st Prize in the San Mateo Video Festival in 1979. Youngest person (at the time) to ever go to San Quentin. At one time, he was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.
Was once convicted of a bank robbery.
Was convicted of numerous crimes since early childhood, including smashing a neighbor's backyard incinerator with a claw hammer at 3, setting fire to a neighbor's garage at 4 and jamming a fork in a boy's eyeball at 15. By 17, Bunker had established himself as the Doogie Howser of the California penal system, parlaying a series of robberies, assaults and the stabbing of a prison guard into a stint in San Quentin (he was the youngest inmate there at the time).
Was a close friend of late Mexican Mafia leader, Joe "Pegleg" Morgan.
He met Danny Trejo in California's Folsom Prison in the late '70s. The two became close friends and since worked in several films together: Runaway Train (1985), Heat (1995), Animal Factory (2000).
He was a close friend of Michael Mann since the two worked on the screenplay adaptation of his first novel, "No Beast So Fierce". Bunker worked on Heat (1995)--as prison technical advisor--with Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Kevin Gage and Dennis Haysbert. He taught them how to think, react and walk like ex-prison convicts. At one time, he announced that he and Mann are working closely on a TV series about gang life in prison, but the series was never produced.
He was a friend of famous crime novelist James Ellroy. Ellroy praised "No Beast So Fierce" as "the most gritty and realistic novel about armed robbery". At one point Bunker signed for the screenplay adaptation of Ellroy's "Suicide Hill", the third part of the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy, for the French company Davisfilm. The film was never produced.
As a child, he used to swim at Hearst Castle (while William Randolph Hearst was still alive).
Was the basis for Jon Voight's character (Nate) in Heat (1995).
He had a son, Brendan (born 1994), with his ex-wife, Jennifer.

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