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Elmore Leonard, author of Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, and Jackie Brown, has died

Aug. 20, 2013by: Paul Shirey

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 (both versions), GET SHORTY with John Travolta, and JACKIE BROWN (based on his novel "Rum Punch") from Quentin Tarantino.

Leonard's most recent work includes the hit FX series JUSTIFIED, based on his short story "Fire In The Hole," which chronicles U.S. Federal Marshall Raylan Givens, as portrayed by Timothy Olyphant, now going into its fifth season. In addition, LIFE OF CRIME, the adaptation of "The Switch," which is a prequel to JACKIE BROWN, is premiering at TIFF this month. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Isla Fisher, and Tim Robbins. Leonard's last novel was the 2010 "Djibouti" about Somali pirates.

Leonard said of his success:

"My purpose is to entertain and please myself. I feel that if I am entertained, then there will be enough other readers who will be entertained, too."

Extra Tidbit: What's your favorite Elmore Leonard story/film? Out of Sight is my favorite book, but Justified is by far my favorite filmed adaptation to come from him. A great show born from a small story. Pure awesomeness.
Source: USA Today

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11:52PM on 08/20/2013

R.I.P, Elmore Leonard and thanks for the great books!

IMO, death isn't such a tragedy when it's a long life well lived, and I suspect Elmore Leonard packed a lot in. He certainly wrote a lot of great books. Rest in peace, big guy, and thanks for all the literature. :)

My faves: MAXIMUM BOB and GET SHORTY.
IMO, death isn't such a tragedy when it's a long life well lived, and I suspect Elmore Leonard packed a lot in. He certainly wrote a lot of great books. Rest in peace, big guy, and thanks for all the literature. :)

My faves: MAXIMUM BOB and GET SHORTY.
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8:51PM on 08/20/2013
Sad news. Love Justified. I'm sure they will dedicate Season 5 to him.
Sad news. Love Justified. I'm sure they will dedicate Season 5 to him.
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5:48PM on 08/20/2013
Damn shame about this; always loved seeing his work, in print or celluloid form. The guy was such a prolific and consistently good writer that I always assumed/hoped he would never die.
Damn shame about this; always loved seeing his work, in print or celluloid form. The guy was such a prolific and consistently good writer that I always assumed/hoped he would never die.
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4:40PM on 08/20/2013
Jackie Brown is my favorite film adaptation of his work. However, the very underrated 52 Pick-Up is a close second.
Jackie Brown is my favorite film adaptation of his work. However, the very underrated 52 Pick-Up is a close second.
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3:38PM on 08/20/2013

Sad to hear, but wondered with his accomplishments as a writer.

Sad news, but I did not realize how old Elmore really was. What an amazing collection of stories to have in your life career as a writer. Elmore, you'll be greatly missed, but will never be forgotten. Your legacy of storytelling will be passed on. Thank you for telling us some great stories.
Sad news, but I did not realize how old Elmore really was. What an amazing collection of stories to have in your life career as a writer. Elmore, you'll be greatly missed, but will never be forgotten. Your legacy of storytelling will be passed on. Thank you for telling us some great stories.
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2:59PM on 08/20/2013
Loved his work. Stuff he wrote 60 years ago still feels fresh and hip. 52 Pick-Up is one of my favorite stories by Mr. Leonard and the movie adaptation with Roy Scheider is excellent. Hell, I even named my dog Maximum Bob. Everyone should read at least one Elmore Leonard novel. And if you read one, you'll want to read all of them.
Loved his work. Stuff he wrote 60 years ago still feels fresh and hip. 52 Pick-Up is one of my favorite stories by Mr. Leonard and the movie adaptation with Roy Scheider is excellent. Hell, I even named my dog Maximum Bob. Everyone should read at least one Elmore Leonard novel. And if you read one, you'll want to read all of them.
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2:40PM on 08/20/2013

He was one of my favorite writers for at least the past 20 years

I was fortunate enough to see him and his son at a book signing last winter. It was a great evening. He will be missed.
I was fortunate enough to see him and his son at a book signing last winter. It was a great evening. He will be missed.
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2:06PM on 08/20/2013

Sad news

One of my all time favorite writers. Many of my favorite movies were based on his works. He will be missed.
One of my all time favorite writers. Many of my favorite movies were based on his works. He will be missed.
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1:24PM on 08/20/2013

God Damn

This just completely ruined my whole week!!!
Elmore Leonard has been one of my favorite authors the last 20 years.
Out Of Sight is without my favorite movie. Not just by E.L. but one of all time. Just look at my God Damn name!!!
Great dialog, great chemistry and fan-fucking-tastic story. And it gave us George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Lopez and Luis Guzmn into mainstream and Albert Brooks in a hairpiece!
The movie is better than the book but everything comes down to the source!
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This just completely ruined my whole week!!!
Elmore Leonard has been one of my favorite authors the last 20 years.
Out Of Sight is without my favorite movie. Not just by E.L. but one of all time. Just look at my God Damn name!!!
Great dialog, great chemistry and fan-fucking-tastic story. And it gave us George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Lopez and Luis Guzmn into mainstream and Albert Brooks in a hairpiece!
The movie is better than the book but everything comes down to the source!
My favorite book by E.L. is also Out of Sight. No surprise there...
But who can really choose between so many well written and COOL books. LaBrava, 3:10 to Yuma, Rum Punch, The Hot Kid, Get Shorty... Damn. Just damn!!!
Think I'll have a nice cold beer and crack open a book to night!!!
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1:02PM on 08/20/2013

Get Shorty

Sad news, I didn't read as many of his books as I'd have liked to, but the man's characters became immortalized on film time and time again. Loved Out of Sight & Jackie Brown, but Get Shorty was always my personal favorite
Sad news, I didn't read as many of his books as I'd have liked to, but the man's characters became immortalized on film time and time again. Loved Out of Sight & Jackie Brown, but Get Shorty was always my personal favorite
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12:24PM on 08/20/2013

NO!

One of my very favorite writers. I've been impressed with his turn-out over the years. Favorites include Cuba Libre, Freaky Deaky, Maximum Bob, The Hot Kid, and Tishomingo Blues. Get Shorty is my favorite adaptation of his work, because the movie and book are different, and I like them for their differences.
One of my very favorite writers. I've been impressed with his turn-out over the years. Favorites include Cuba Libre, Freaky Deaky, Maximum Bob, The Hot Kid, and Tishomingo Blues. Get Shorty is my favorite adaptation of his work, because the movie and book are different, and I like them for their differences.
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12:04PM on 08/20/2013
He's one of my favorite writers. Rest in peace, dear sir. My favorite: Out of Sight.
He's one of my favorite writers. Rest in peace, dear sir. My favorite: Out of Sight.
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11:50AM on 08/20/2013
He was such a great writer who will leave behind a wonderful body of work. A buddy of mine corresponded with him several times and Mr. Leonard even sent him the first chapter of a short story that had yet to be published. A class act, he will be missed.
He was such a great writer who will leave behind a wonderful body of work. A buddy of mine corresponded with him several times and Mr. Leonard even sent him the first chapter of a short story that had yet to be published. A class act, he will be missed.
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11:32AM on 08/20/2013
I am truly sadden. He will be missed, and his work will forever live. Thank you for your stories.
I am truly sadden. He will be missed, and his work will forever live. Thank you for your stories.
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11:14AM on 08/20/2013
RIP to a truly gifted and influential storyteller. He's one of those writers whose work translates quite well to film.
RIP to a truly gifted and influential storyteller. He's one of those writers whose work translates quite well to film.
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