Known for movies

Short Info

DiedMay 8, 1983, Los Angeles, California, United States
FactBlack Sparrow Press' reprints brought Fante international critical and commercial success. In the 1970s and 1980s his novels were under consideration for adaption as major motion pictures. Francis Ford Coppola was set to direct a film of "Brotherhood of the Grape", adapted by Robert Towne, who had previously adapted Fante's "Ask the Dust" for the screen (Ask the Dust (2006)_). The only project to see the light of day was the failed Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989).


John Fante was born in 1909 in Denver, Colorado, the son of Italian immigrants. His father, Nicola, was a bricklayer, and his mother, Maria, was a homemaker. Fante had four siblings: two brothers and two sisters. He attended Catholic schools in Denver and dropped out of high school in his senior year to pursue a career in writing.

Fante’s first published work was a short story in the Denver Post in 1931. He went on to publish several more stories in the Post and other magazines. In 1933, he published his first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini. The novel was well received and led to a contract with Houghton Mifflin for two more novels.

Fante’s second novel, Ask the Dust (1939), is considered his masterpiece. The novel tells the story of Arturo Bandini, a struggling writer in Los Angeles in the 1930s. The novel was made into a movie in 2006, starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek.

Fante’s other novels include Full of Life (1952), The Brotherhood of the Grape (1977), and Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989). He also wrote several screenplays, including the screenplay for the movie The Dirty Dozen (1967).

Fante died in 1983 at the age of 74. His papers are housed at the University of Southern California.

Fante was married twice. His first wife was Joyce Lussier, with whom he had two daughters. His second wife was Eleanor Taylor, with whom he had one son. Fante also had a son with his mistress, Edith Minici.

Fante’s net worth at the time of his death was $2 million.

General Info

Full NameJohn Fante
DiedMay 8, 1983, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionAuthor, Screenwriter, Novelist
EducationUniversity of Colorado Boulder

Family

ChildrenDan Fante
ParentsNicola Fante, Mary Capolungo

Accomplishments

NominationsWriters Guild of America Award for Best Written Comedy
MoviesAsk the Dust, Walk on the Wild Side, The Reluctant Saint, My Man and I, Jeanne Eagels, Full of Life, Something for a Lonely Man, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Youth Runs Wild, The Golden Fleecing, East of the River, Maya, It's All True, Black City, My Six Loves, Dinky

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Facts

#Fact
1Once said most of his screenwriting was simply hackwork intended to make money. His contempt for the Hollywood movie industry can be found in such books as his posthumously published "West of Rome" (1986).
2Fante contracted diabetes in 1955, which resulted in his blindness in 1978. He wrote by dictation to his wife Joyce. He died May 8, 1983, at the age of 74.
3Fante was born in Colorado in 1909. He attended school in Boulder, later attending college at The University of Colorado and Long Beach City College. He started his writing career in 1929, publishing his first story in "The American Mercury" in 1932. He published stories in "The Atlantic Monthly", "The Saturday Evening Post", "Collier's", "Harper's" and "Esquire".
4Black Sparrow Press' reprints brought Fante international critical and commercial success. In the 1970s and 1980s his novels were under consideration for adaption as major motion pictures. Francis Ford Coppola was set to direct a film of "Brotherhood of the Grape", adapted by Robert Towne, who had previously adapted Fante's "Ask the Dust" for the screen (Ask the Dust (2006)_). The only project to see the light of day was the failed Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989).
5An internationally celebrated novelist, he wrote screenplays for additional income to support his career as a writer. His novels include "Wait Until Spring, Bandini" (1938), "Ask the Dust" (1939), "Dago Red" (1940)--a collection of short stories--"Full of Life" (1952) and "The Brotherhood of the Grape" (1977). Author Charles Bukowski, greatly influenced by Fante, brought this near-forgotten author to the attention of Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin, who brought these novels back into print, as well as Fante's last novel before his death, "Dreams From Bunker Hill" (1982). Black Sparrow published "The Road to Los Angeles" and "1933 Was a Bad Year"--two early Fante novels that had never been previously published--and Fante's selected stories, "The Wine of Youth", in 1985. In 1986 two novellas were published as "West of Rome". Black Sparrow has also published "John Fante & H.L. Mencken: A Personal Correspondance" (1989) and "Selected Letters 1932-1981" (1991).

Movies

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ask the Dust2006novel
Wait Until Spring, Bandini1989novel
Something for a Lonely Man1968TV Movie
Maya1966
Insight1964TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Richard Boone Show1963TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Six Loves1963screenplay
The Reluctant Saint1962
Going My Way1962TV Series story - 1 episode
Walk on the Wild Side1962screenplay
Lux Playhouse1959TV Series story - 1 episode
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV Series story - 1 episode
Jeanne Eagels1957screenplay
Full of Life1956based on his novel / screen play
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1956TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
My Man and I1952written by
Youth Runs Wild1944screenplay / story
East of the River1940story "Mama Ravioli"
The Golden Fleecing1940based upon an original story by
Dinky1935story

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1957WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American ComedyFull of Life (1956)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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