Known for movies

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DiedAugust 14, 1973, Mason, Texas, United States
SpouseAngelina Torres, Tommie Eloise Wynn

Fred Gipson was born on February 7, 1908, in Mason County, Texas. His parents were John Gipson and Ida (née Oliver) Gipson. He had two brothers and two sisters. His early education was at the local schools in Mason County.

Gipson began his career as a journalist, working for the Austin American-Statesman and the San Antonio Express-News. He also wrote for several magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s. In 1942, he published his first book, Old Yeller, which was based on his own childhood experiences growing up on a ranch in Texas. The book was a huge success and was made into a popular movie in 1957.

Gipson’s other books include Savage Sam (1963), which was also made into a movie, and The Trail of Tears (1965). He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1954 for his novel, The Homecoming of Sammy Gregg.

Gipson died of cancer on August 14, 1973, at the age of 65.

General Info

Full NameFred Gipson
DiedAugust 14, 1973, Mason, Texas, United States
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin


SpouseAngelina Torres, Tommie Eloise Wynn
ParentsBeck Gipson, Emma Deishler Gipson


AwardsJohn Newbery Medal
MoviesSavage Sam, Hound-Dog Man, Old Yeller, Return of the Texan

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Walt Disney's Wonderful World of ColorTV Series novel - 4 episodes, 1966 - 1980 writer - 4 episodes, 1966 - 1980
Savage Sam1963novel / writer
Hound-Dog Man1959book "Circle Round the Wagon"
Old Yeller1957book "Old Yeller" / screenplay
Studio 571956TV Series story - 1 episode
Screen Directors PlayhouseTV Series story - 1 episode, 1955 written by - 1 episode, 1955
Studio One in Hollywood1953TV Series novel - 1 episode
Return of the Texan1952novel "The Home Place"

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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