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George Plimpton

Biography

An American journalist and sports writer, he’s most widely known for works such as for example Paper Lion (1966) and Away from My League (1961). Beyond sports composing, he co-founded the reputed literary publication, The Paris Review. He was an amateur athlete. Also a participatory journalist, he frequently composed about his encounters, including playing quarterback within a pre-season NFL video game; pitching to many all-stars in front of you 1959 All-Star football video game; performing being a trapeze musician for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus, and fighting boxers Archie and Glucose Ray Robinson. He once used the brand new York Philharmonic Orchestra. He wedded his second wife, Sarah Whitehead Dudley, in 1991. Previously, he previously been wedded to Freddy Medora Espy. He performed a small function within the Matt Damon film, Great Will Hunting.

Quick Facts


Full Name George Plimpton
Date Of Birth March 18, 1927
Died September 25, 2003, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.93 m
Profession Journalist
Education University of Cambridge, Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Bernard's School, King's College, Cambridge, Harvard University
Nationality American
Spouse Sarah Whitehead Dudley, Freddy Medora Espy
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#Fact
1He appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Reds (1981) and Good Will Hunting (1997). Of those, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is a winner in the category.
2Spoke in a mid-Atlantic accent, reflecting a privileged Upper East Side (in New York City) upbringing.
3Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 429-432. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
4Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 359-366. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
5Played five minutes in goal for the Boston Bruins against the Philadelphia Flyers in 1977. The Flyers scored only once against him. At the end of the five minutes, the Bruins deliberately threw their sticks on the ice, causing the referee to call for a penalty shot. To the delight of both teams and the Philadelphia fans, Plimpton stopped the shot.
6As of the most recent calculation by The Oracle of Bacon, Plimpton is no. 1000 on the list of the top 1000 actors and actresses with low "center of the film universe" numbers. His "Plimpton Number" average is 2.911. Not bad for a journalist who has appeared in fewer than 25 theatrical films.
7Plimpton was the long-time Editor, and one of the founders, of "The Paris Review". He interviewed Ernest Hemingway for the magazine.
8As a "participatory journalist", quarterbacked in a preseason NFL game, pitched to several all-stars (retiring Willie Mays & Richie Ashburn) in an exhibition prior to Baseball's 1959 All-Star game, performed as a trapeze artist for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus, and fought boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson.
9Present at the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
10Born at 10:00pm-EST


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Nero Wolfe Mystery2001-2002TV SeriesWinterhoff / Mr. Parker / John Barrett / ...
Bullet in the Brain2001ShortNarrator (voice)
Deadline2001TV Series
Just Visiting2001Dr. Brady
ER1998-2001TV SeriesJohn Truman Carter, Sr.
Woman Found Dead in Elevator2000ShortFamous Author
Wonderland2000TV SeriesSpelling Bee Judge
Edtv1999Panel Member
The Last Days of Disco1998Clubgoer
Good Will Hunting1997Henry Lipkin - Psychologist
Nixon1995President's Lawyer
Just Cause1995Elder Phillips
Wings1994TV SeriesDr. Greyson
The Poetry Hall of Fame1993TV Movie
Little Man Tate1991Winston F. Buckner
L.A. Story1991Straight Weatherman
The Bonfire of the Vanities1990Well Wisher
The Civil War1990TV Mini-Series documentaryGeorge Templeton Strong / New York World
Easy Wheels1989Surgeon
Religion, Inc.1989God
The Equalizer1989TV SeriesClinton Brandauer
Volunteers1985Lawrence Bourne Jr.
Mouseterpiece Theater1984TV Series
Reds1981Horace Whigham
If Ever I See You Again1978Lawrence
The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover1977Quentin Reynolds
Saturday Night Live1976TV SeriesAudience Member
Rio Lobo19704th Gunman
The Detective1968Reporter (uncredited)
Beyond the Law1968Mayor
Lawrence of Arabia1962Bedouin (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Infamous2006book "Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career"
Woman Found Dead in Elevator2000Short special material
Fireworks! With George Plimpton1994TV Movie documentary writer
Plimpton! At the Wheel1972TV Movie documentary
Plimpton! Adventures in Africa1972TV Movie documentary
Plimpton! The Great Quarterback Sneak1971TV Movie
Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About?1971TV Movie documentary
Plimpton! The Man on the Flying Trapeze1971TV Movie documentary
Plimpton! Shoot-Out at Rio Lobo1970TV Movie documentary
Paper Lion1968book - story

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Plimpton! At the Wheel1972TV Movie documentary camera operator

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2004Documentary extra special thanks / film dedicated to
Mark Twain2001TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast with Hunter2003DocumentaryHimself
The Simpsons2003TV SeriesHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2003TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
Saturday Night Live1999-2002TV SeriesHimself
Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema & the Myth of Cool2001DocumentaryHimself
Sam the Man2001Himself
The Sports Pages2001TV MovieHimself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Just Shoot Me!2000TV SeriesHimself
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony1999TV Series documentary voice
It's Like, You Know...1999TV SeriesHimself
Modern Marvels1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Author: Fireworks: A History and Celebration
Charlie Rose1994-1998TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1997TV SeriesHimself
The West1996TV Series documentary
Wide World of Sports 35th Anniversary Special1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Single Guy1996TV SeriesHimself
When We Were Kings1996DocumentaryHimself - Writer
C.P.W.1995TV SeriesHimself
Lauren Hutton and...1995TV SeriesHimself
The Way West1995TV Movie documentaryVoice
Married with Children1995TV SeriesHimself
The Best O' Bundy: Married with Children's 200th Episode Celebration1995TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Franklin P. Adams / Charles Elliott
Fireworks! With George Plimpton1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The Tightrope Dancer1989DocumentaryHimself
Uncensored Channels: TV Around the World with George Plimpton1986TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
James Jones: Reveille to Taps1985Video documentaryHimself
Pumping Iron II: The Women1985DocumentaryHimself
Garbo Talks1984Himself (uncredited)
Greatest Sports Legends1979-1981TV SeriesHimself - Host
Cities1979TV Series documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1977TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Author
Day at Night1974TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1973TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Plimpton! At the Wheel1972TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Plimpton! Adventures in Africa1972TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Plimpton! The Great Quarterback Sneak1971TV MovieHimself
Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About?1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
Plimpton! The Man on the Flying Trapeze1971TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Irv Kupcinet Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Plimpton! Shoot-Out at Rio Lobo1970TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Merv Griffin Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesHimself
The Skitch Henderson Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Queen1968DocumentaryHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHimself
NBC Experiment in Television1967TV SeriesHimself - Host
Soul Power2008DocumentaryHimself
Factory Girl2006Himself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2006TV Series documentaryHimself
As Smart As They Are: The Author Project2005DocumentaryHimself
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2004DocumentaryHimself
Shortcut to Happiness2003Himself (uncredited)
Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip2003TV Movie documentaryOther Voices (voice)
American Experience1991-2003TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself2012DocumentaryHimself
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel2011DocumentaryHimself
The Lost Kennedy Home Movies2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Chekhov for Children2010DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2006TV Series documentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995CableACECableACE AwardsRecreation and Leisure Special or SeriesFireworks! With George Plimpton (1994)· Michael Cascio (executive producer)
· Reginald L. Powe (executive producer)
· Cyrus Bharucha (executive producer/director)


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#Quote
1The worst thing that can happen to your career is to be shot out in an open field. You've got to be in the right position to die dramatically, against a wall, near something to hang onto. Never close your eyes. Glaze them. You can't go wrong bringing something down with you when you fall. A tablecloth is excellent. Preferably with a meal on it.
2(Regarding his acting career): "I don't think I'd ever get anything more than a very small role. 'The Prince of the Cameos,' they might call me."


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