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Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Biography

American science fiction writer of Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle. He was also the honorary leader from the American Humanist Association. He researched at Cornell College or university, where he majored in chemistry and in addition proved helpful as an editor from the Cornell Daily Sunlight. He later offered within the U.S. Military and continued to study mechanised engineering on the College or university of Tennessee. He had written Breakfast time of Champions, that was later converted to a film. He wedded his longtime sweetheart, Jane Marie Cox, upon his come back from World Battle II. He and Cox afterwards divorced, and he wed his second wife, photographer Jill Krementz. During the period of his two relationships, he elevated three natural and four followed children. He called his boy after Tag Twain.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kurt Vonnegut
Date Of Birth November 11, 1922
Died April 11, 2007, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Indianapolis, IN
Height 1.88 m
Profession Novelist
Education University of Chicago, Cornell University, Shortridge High School, Carnegie Mellon University, Butler University, University of Tennessee
Nationality American
Spouse Jill Krementz, Jane Marie Cox
Children Mark Vonnegut, Edith Vonnegut, Lily Vonnegut, Nanette Vonnegut, Kurt Adams Vonnegut, James Vonnegut, Steven Vonnegut
Parents Edith Lieber, Kurt Vonnegut Sr.
Siblings Bernard Vonnegut, Alice Vonnegut
Awards Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Playwright, Writers Guild of America Award for Television Best Script, 30 Minutes or Less in Program Length, Audie Award for Short Stories/Collections
Nominations Hugo Award for Best Novel, Nebula Award for Best Novel, National Book Award for Fiction, Locus Award for Best Short Story
Movies Slapstick of Another Kind, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Slaughterhouse-Five, Harrison Bergeron, 2081, Breakfast of Champions, Between Time and Timbuktu, Mother Night, Back to School, Who Am I This Time?, Long Walk to Forever, Never Down, 1 Giant Leap, 2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be, Displaced Person, Next Door, The Happy Hooligan, 2BR02B (To Be Or Not To Be)
TV Shows Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1His parents were both of German descent.
2Teaches advanced writing at Smith College [September 2000]
3Started writing in his mid-twenties.
4Was considering abandoning writing and taking a teaching job when ''Cat's Cradle'' became a best-seller.
5An ardent socialist, having taken inspiration from fellow Indiana natives Powers Hapgood and Eugene V. Debs.
6His mother committed suicide just before he left for Germany in World War 2.
7He adopted his sister's three children after she died, for a total of 7 children.
8Studied chemistry at Cornell University before joining the U.S. Army.
9Some of his novels were banned & also burned for suspected obscenity.
10Senior editor and columnist at "In These Times" magazine.
11Adopted his sister's three young children after her death.
12Father of daughter Lily, from his second wife, Jill Krementz. Mark, Edith (Edie Vonnegut) and Nanette (Nanny Vonnegut) from his first wife, Jane Marie Cox. Adopted his sister's children after her death, James, Steven and Kurt Adams.
13Younger brother of Bernard Vonnegut.
14Ex-father-in-law of Geraldo Rivera.
15Championed the play "Opportunites in Zero Gravity," which was written by Stephen Geller (screenwriter of Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)) and Kae Geller (Mankovich).
16A soldier in the US Army during World War II, Vonnegut had been captured by German forces and imprisoned in a POW camp in Dresden, Germany. The infamous firebombing of Dresden occurred while he was there, and his survival of it and his experiences during it were the basis for his novel "Slaughterhouse-Five".
17December 22, 1944, Vonnegut was captured during the Battle of the Bulge while a battalion scout with the 106 Infantry Division. May 22, 1945, Vonnegut released to return to the U.S. Awarded the Purple Heart.
18Vonnegut's career at Cornell was cut short by his enlisting in the Army in WWII.
19Attended Cornell University (Chemistry) and earned an MA from University of Chicago.
20Kurt Vonnegut has been referred to in numerous teen-themed movies: in Footloose (1984), Kevin Bacon argues the merits of the novel "Slaughterhouse Five" with the town minister; in Varsity Blues (1999), James Van Der Beek (as a high-school backup QB) reads "Slaughterhouse Five" instead of his team's play-book; James Marsden discovers William Sadler's supposedly retarded janitor reading "Slaughterhouse Five" in Disturbing Behavior (1998); Can't Hardly Wait (1998) ends with Ethan Embry going to Chicago for a writing course, headed by Kurt Vonnegut.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bluebeard2018novel pre-production
Kurt Vonnegut's A Man Without a Country2017Documentary book post-production
2Br02B2016Short writer
God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut (or the Friends of Kilgore Trout)2016Documentary
2BR02b2016Short short story
2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be2016Short short story
The Last Day of Charley E. Rays2016Short original story
Long Walk to Forever2014Short short story
The Big Trip Up Yonder2014Short story
A Man Without a Country2012Documentary book
Covek iz Bagomba2010Short short story "Bagombo Snuff Box"
20812009Short based on the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by
Epicac2008Short short story
Harrison Bergeron2006Short story
Breakfast of Champions1999book
Mother Night1996novel - as Kurt Vonnegut
Harrison Bergeron1995TV Movie story
Monkey House1991-1993TV Series short story - 7 episodes
Long Walk to Forever1987Short story
American PlayhouseTV Series novel - 1 episode, 1985 story - 1 episode, 1982
Slapstick of Another Kind1982novel "Slapstick" - as Kurt Vonnegut
Deer in the Works1980Short story
Karikakramäng1977story - segment "Promenaad", as Kurt Vonnegut
Next Door1975Short story
Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love1974TV Movie story - segment "Epicac"
Slaughterhouse-Five1972novel "Slaughterhouse-Five Or The Children's Crusade"
Between Time and Timbuktu1972TV Movie various writings
Happy Birthday, Wanda June1971play / screenplay
Bus Stop1961TV Series story - 1 episode
General Electric Theater1955-1958TV Series story - 2 episodes
The Ford Television Theatre1954TV Series based on a story by - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Never Down2007Robert (as Kurt Vonnegut)
Breakfast of Champions1999Commercial Director
Mother Night1996Sad Man on Street (as Kurt Vonnegut)
The Civil War1990TV Mini-Series documentaryVarious

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Slapstick of Another Kind1982lyrics: "Lonesome No More" - as Kurt Vonnegut

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breakfast of Champions1999title drawings

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Man Without a Country2012Documentary in memory of
Sicko2007Documentary very special thanks - as Kurt Vonnegut
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda1996TV Movie documentary thanks - as Kurt Vonnegut

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut (or the Friends of Kilgore Trout)2016DocumentaryHimself
'Hick' Town2009DocumentaryHimself
Automatic Thirteen2007ShortHimself
Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist2007DocumentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Now2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2005TV SeriesHimself
The American Ruling Class2005Himself - Novelist
1 Giant Leap2002DocumentaryHimself
Langmuir's World1998DocumentaryHimself
American Experience1997TV Series documentary
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda1996TV Movie documentaryHimself - Author (as Kurt Vonnegut)
The Dick Cavett Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The Congress1988TV Movie documentary voice
The Day of Five Billion1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
Back to School1986Himself
Brooklyn Bridge1981Documentary voice
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Nelson Algren: The End Is Nothing, the Road Is All...2015DocumentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1973HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationSlaughterhouse-Five (1972)· George Roy Hill (director)
· Stephen Geller (screenplay)
1960WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAScript, 30 Minutes or Less in Program LengthGeneral Electric Theater (1953)· Valentine Davies (teleplay)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1973HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationBetween Time and Timbuktu (1972)· Fred Barzyk (director)


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#Quote
1There is no immunity to Cuckoo ideas on Earth.
2There's this form of "Meditation" I've been practicing for years that's relaxing and enlightening; it's called "reading short stories".
3When you get to be our age [elderly], you all of a sudden realize that you are being ruled by the people you went to high school with. You all of a sudden catch on that life is nothing but high school.
4We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different.
5What kind of nutcase wants to become a psychiatrist?
6I would rather have written Cheers (1982) than anything I've written.
7A lot of people think I'm stupid because my sentences are so simple and my method is so direct. They think these are defects. No. The point is to write as much as you know as quickly as possible.
8Always mind what you pretend to be...since you *are* what you pretend to be.
9If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
10When [Ernest Hemingway] killed himself he put a period at the end of his life; old age is more like a semicolon.
11A nice glass of champagne at the end of a life.
12I had nothing to do with the script of Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), incidentally. That was the work of Stephen Geller -- and a good job it was. I didn't meet him until after the picture opened. He is a novelist, too, and I asked him which he liked best, writing novels or screenplays. He preferred novels by far, since they were wholly under his control.
13True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.


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