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Willard Motley (1909–1965)

Born Willard Francis Motley, he grew up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. In 1942, Motley came to the Maxwell-Halstead Street area of Chicago and drew heavily on his experiences and the people he met there for his two best know novels, "Knock On Any Door" and the sequel "Let No Man Write My Epitaph"... both were made into major motion ... See full bio »


(age 55) in Mexico City, Mexico

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Novel: "Knock On Any Door" (filmed as Knock on Any Door (1949))

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Archibald John Motley, Jr., the painter, was his uncle. Archibald John Motley III, the (late) archivist at the Chicago Historical Society, was his cousin. See more »


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