Known for movies

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DiedJune 10, 1988, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseKatherine Elizabeth Adams
FactWrote 17 novels and short stories in his generation-spanning series "The Sacketts." Prior to his death he had planned to write 7-8 more novels in the series, including a novel set during the American Revolution and a novel about mountain men.

Louis L’Amour was an American writer of Western fiction. He wrote ninety novels and is considered one of the most prolific writers of the genre. L’Amour’s work is characterized by its focus on the American West, frontier life, and individualism.

L’Amour was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, on March 22, 1908. His parents were Louis and Emily (née Miller) L’Amour. He had two older brothers, Peter and John. L’Amour’s father died when he was nine years old, and his mother moved the family to Los Angeles, California.

L’Amour dropped out of high school at the age of fifteen and began working a variety of odd jobs. He eventually found work as a prospector and rodeo rider. He also worked as a journalist and screenwriter.

L’Amour’s first novel, Hondo, was published in 1953. The book was adapted into a film starring John Wayne in 1967. L’Amour wrote ninety novels over the course of his career. His best-known works include The Sacketts, The Trail to Seven Pines, and The Lonely Men.

L’Amour was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1983 for his contributions to American culture. He died in 1988 at the age of 80.

L’Amour’s work has been criticized for its lack of depth and complex characters. However, his novels have remained popular among readers who enjoy tales of the American West.

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Full NameLouis L'Amour
DiedJune 10, 1988, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionAuthor, Novelist


SpouseKatherine Elizabeth Adams
ChildrenBeau L'Amour, Angelique L'Amour
ParentsLouis Charles LaMoore, Emily Dearborn LaMoore
SiblingsClarice LaMoore, Edna LaMoore Waldo, Parker LaMoore, Emmy Lou LaMoore, John LaMoore, Yale Freeman LaMoore, Clara LaMoore


AwardsNational Book Award for Western, Spur Award for Best Novel
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Story
MoviesThe Quick and the Dead, Hondo, Conagher, Crossfire Trail, The Shadow Riders, Shaughnessy: The Iron Marshal, Heller in Pink Tights, Catlow, Stranger on Horseback, The Diamond of Jeru, The Burning Hills, The Man Called Noon, Kid Rodelo, East of Sumatra, Apache Territory, Four Guns to the Border

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1A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself.


1In early 1956, 20th Century Fox optioned his soon to be published novel, Sitka, for Dick Powell to produce and direct. The film was to be Powell's first project with the studio under a multi-picture deal signed the previous year. The novel was published in 1957 but the film was not made. The novel was also sent to MGM but no producer at that studio was interested in acquiring it.
2Was so prolific that, decades after his passing, L'Amour's estate is still unearthing lost or unpublished works.
3Wrote 17 novels and short stories in his generation-spanning series "The Sacketts." Prior to his death he had planned to write 7-8 more novels in the series, including a novel set during the American Revolution and a novel about mountain men.
4Father of Beau L'Amour.
5Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 503-505. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
6Served in the United States Merchant Marines.
7He wrote over 100 novels and dozens of short stories, almost all of them dealing with the American West. In 1983, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Freedom by the United States Congress for his large body of work.
8Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, just outside and to the right of the entrance to the Great Mausoleum where the "Last Supper" stained-glass window is located.



The Diamond of Jeru2001TV Movie short story
Crossfire Trail2001TV Movie book
Shaughnessy1996TV Movie novel "The Iron Marshal"
Conagher1991TV Movie novel
The Quick and the Dead1987TV Movie novel
Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills1986TV Movie novel
Five Mile CreekTV Series novel "The Cherokee Trail" - 13 episodes, 1984 - 1985 series concept inspired by "The Cherokee Trail" - 13 episodes, 1983 - 1984 inspiration "The Cherokee Trail" - 2 episodes, 1984
The Shadow Riders1982TV Movie novel
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1981TV Series story - 1 episode
The Sacketts1979TV Mini-Series novels "The Daybreakers" & "Sackett" - 2 episodes
The Man Called Noon1973novel
Cancel My Reservation1972novel "The Broken Gun"
Catlow1971novel "Catlow"
Hondo1967TV Series character - 17 episodes
Hondo and the Apaches1967TV Movie story "The Gift of Cochise"
Kid Rodelo1966novel
Guns of the Timberland1960novel
Heller in Pink Tights1960novel "Heller with a Gun"
The TexanTV Series written by - 1 episode, 1959 story - 1 episode, 1959
Apache Territory1958from a novel by
Sugarfoot1957-1958TV Series story - 2 episodes
The Tall Stranger1957story
Maverick1957TV Series magazine story - 1 episode
Utah Blaine1957novel
Hart of Honolulu1956TV Movie from a story by
The Ford Television Theatre1956TV Series short story - 1 episode
The Burning Hills1956novel
Schlitz PlayhouseTV Series story - 1 episode, 1956 original story - 1 episode, 1956
Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado1956novel "Kilkenny"
Chevron Hall of Stars1956TV Series story - 1 episode
City Detective1955TV Series story - 1 episode
Stranger on Horseback1955story
Climax!1955TV Series story - 1 episode
Treasure of Ruby Hills1955short story: Rider of the Ruby Hills
Four Guns to the Border1954story
East of Sumatra1953story
Rebound1952TV Series teleplay - 1 episode


Conagher1991TV Movie dedicated to the memory of


Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself
The Sacketts1979TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Bob Braun Show1975TV SeriesHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1973TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

The 61st Annual Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)


Won Awards

1986Golden BootGolden Boot Awards

Nominated Awards

1954OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Motion Picture StoryHondo (1953)

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