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Overview (4)

Born in Anadarko, Oklahoma, USA
Died in Hollywood, California, USA
Birth NameJames Myers Thompson
Nickname James Dillon

Mini Bio (1)

Jim Thompson was born on September 27, 1906 in Anadarko, Oklahoma, USA as James Myers Thompson. He was a writer and actor, known for Paths of Glory (1957), The Killing (1956) and The Killer Inside Me (2010). He died on April 7, 1977 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Trivia (8)

Was a member of the American Communist party for a time, but eventually broke with them.
Was blacklisted during the "Red Scare" era of Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
Sold drugs and bootleg liquor as a teenager while working at the Hotel Texas.
Grew up in Fort Worth, Texas.
Suffered a nervous breakdown at age 19.
Many of his early short stories were based on real murders but rewritten from a first-person perspective.
He is considered among the most influential crime writers in American literature, with some critics claiming his superiority to the more popular Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
After suffering a series of strokes, he starved himself to death.

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