September 26, 2003 by

George Plimpton

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Categories: Actors, Hollywood, Sports, Writers/Editors

George Ames Plimpton, the actor, author and editor of the Paris Review, died on Sept. 25. Cause of death was not released. He was 76.
Plimpton graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University. The son of wealthy New Yorkers, he ran in high society circles filled with literary scions and powerful politicians. He was a friend of the Kennedys and aided Robert Kennedy in his bid for the presidency. When the senator was assassinated in Los Angeles, Plimpton wrestled the gun out of Sirhan Sirhan’s hand.
He spent three years in the U.S. Army, then moved to Britain to study at King’s College in Cambridge. In 1953, Plimpton and his writer friends, H.L. Humes and Peter Matthiessen, launched the Paris Review, a quarterly literary magazine that publishes prestigious and talented writers like Philip Roth, Jack Kerouac, Jay McInerney and Henry Miller. Plimpton had just put the publication’s 50th anniversary issue to bed when he died.
After he returned to America in the mid-1950s, Plimpton made a name for himself by writing sports articles and then inserting himself into the tales. He took on Archie Moore, the light heavyweight boxing champion, for three rounds. For a baseball story, he pitched to eight star batters in the American baseball leagues. And in 1963, he joined the Detroit Lions as a quarterback in an exhibition game. He turned that event into the best-selling book, “Paper Lions,” which was adapted into a film starring Alan Alda.
Plimpton also wrote or edited more than 50 books and appeared in almost two dozen movies including, “Good Will Hunting,” “Nixon” and “L.A. Story.”
An Interview With Plimpton on NPR

One Response to George Plimpton

  1. Jane Dorneman Medhaug

    I worked for George and Freddy Plimpton as a governess in the summers of 1977 and 1978. My sister and I took care of Medora and Taylor. We had great memories of Bridge Hampton and the beach house. George was always ready to include us in the festivities and took us along when he was being interviewd on “Good Morning, America” for the July 4th fireworks display. It was an exciting adventure for a brief time in my life. I currently reside in South Dakota…George liked those reliable midwesterners. Bless the memory of George Plimpton

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