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Joseph Heller (III) (1923–1999)

Joseph Heller was born May 1, 1923, in the Coney Island section of New York City. He is best known for his 1961 novel 'Catch-22', whose title gave the English language a new phrase for a no-win situation. The situation was that of protagonist Yossarian, who claims that he is too crazy to fly any more bombing missions, but is told by the military ... See full bio »

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Known For

Catch-22 Writer
Catch-22 Writer


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  Something Happened (Novelist/Writer) (pre-production)
 2019 Catch-22 (TV Mini Series) (based on the book by - 6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (2019) ... (based on the book by)
- Episode #1.5 (2019) ... (based on the book by)
- Episode #1.4 (2019) ... (based on the book by)
- Episode #1.3 (2019) ... (based on the book by)
- Episode 2 (2019) ... (based on the book by)
 1973 Catch-22 (TV Movie) (based on the novel by)
 1973 Bombardovanje Nju Hejvna (TV Movie)
 1970 Dirty Dingus Magee (screenplay)
 1970 Catch-22 (based on the novel by)
 1970 Pommitamme Pasilasta (TV Movie) (novel "Catch-22")
 1967 Casino Royale (uncredited)
 1964 Sex and the Single Girl (screenplay)
 1962 McHale's Navy (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- PT 73 Where Are You? (1962) ... (written by - as Joe Heller)
 1962 Camera Three (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Catch 22 (1962) ... (story)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 4 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Joe Heller


Valerie Humphries  (his death) | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[when asked what he does in his spare time] Nothing. Really, nothing. I have no hobbies, no recreations. I hate sports. I also hate gardening and walking. I don't go to movies or the theater or watch television. What I *do* like is lying down. My best thinking is done going into or coming out of naps. See more »


Predicted, prior to the release of the Mike Nichols film version of Catch-22 (1970), that if the film was a hit then he, Heller, would take the credit; if it was a flop, Nichols would take the blame. See more »

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