American crime writer Elmore Leonard, whose sparely written novels about guys with guns inspired Hollywood films like "Get Shorty" and "Jackie Brown," died Tuesday at the age of 87.
Author Elmore Leonard poses on May 24, 2007 at Book Soup in Los Angeles, California. Leonard, author of 45 novels, many of which inspired hit Hollywood films, died Tuesday at the age of 87, according to his official website.
The genre master's 45 gritty novels attracted a wide audience over more than five decades and many became movies, including the 1967 Paul Newman western "Hombre," the 1995 crime comedy "Get Shorty," Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" (1997) -- based on the novel "Rum Punch" -- and "Out of Sight" (1998).
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