Known for movies

Short Info

DiedMarch 4, 2016, Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
SpouseCassandra King, Lenore Fleischer, Barbara Jones
FactHis English teacher at Beaufort (SC) High School encouraged him to be a writer. Conroy returned to the school as an English teacher himself. He also taught for a year at a two-room schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island, off the South Carolina coast.


Pat Conroy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 26, 1945, the first of seven children. His father, Donald Conroy, was a Marine Corps fighter pilot and later a career officer. His mother, Frances “Peggy” Conroy, was a homemaker. Conroy was educated in Catholic schools and graduated from The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, in 1967. He taught English and creative writing at the Marine Corps’ Parris Island depot and at Beaufort High School in South Carolina. He also taught at Atlanta’s Georgia Military Academy.

Conroy’s first novel, The Boo, was published in 1970. His second novel, The Water Is Wide, was published in 1972 and became a bestseller. It was made into a film starring Jon Voight in 1976. Conroy’s third novel, The Great Santini, was published in 1976 and was also a bestseller. It was made into a film starring Robert Duvall in 1979.

Conroy’s fourth novel, The Lords of Discipline, was published in 1980. It was made into a film starring David Keith in 1983. Conroy’s fifth novel, The Prince of Tides, was published in 1986 and became a bestseller. It was made into a film starring Barbra Streisand in 1991.

Conroy’s sixth novel, Beach Music, was published in 1995 and became a bestseller. It was made into a film starring Joseph Fiennes in 1997. Conroy’s seventh novel, My Losing Season, was published in 2002. His eighth novel, South of Broad, was published in 2009.

Conroy has also written several non-fiction books, including The Great Santini’s Wife (1982), My Reading Life (2010), and The Death of Santini (2013).

Conroy has been married three times. His first marriage, to Barbara Jones, ended in divorce. His second marriage, to Cassandra King, lasted from 1987 until her death in 2015. He has three children from his first marriage and one from his second.

Conroy has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is currently undergoing treatment.

General Info

Full NamePat Conroy
DiedMarch 4, 2016, Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
ProfessionAuthor, Novelist
EducationBeaufort High School, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseCassandra King, Lenore Fleischer, Barbara Jones
ChildrenSusannah Ansley Conroy, Melissa Conroy, Megan Conroy, Jessica Conroy
ParentsFrances Peck, Donald Conroy
SiblingsMike Conroy, Carol Conroy, Tom Conroy, Kathy Conroy, Jim Conroy, Tim Conroy

Accomplishments

AwardsAnisfield-Wolf Book Award
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Fiction, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
MoviesThe Water Is Wide, The Prince of Tides, The Lords of Discipline, The Great Santini

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1I write a straight story line, and I guess that's what they need. The dialogue also seems to be serviceable in a Hollywood way. But most important, I do the thing that Southerners do naturally - I tell stories. [on his book "The Water is Wide" being made into a movie Conrack (1974)]
2One of the greatest gifts you can get as a writer is to be born into an unhappy family. I could not have been born into a better one. I don't have to look very far for melodrama. It's all right there.
3He signed longer inscriptions than I would. He'd write, "I hope you enjoy my son's work of fiction," and he'd underline "fiction" five or six times, and sign it, "Ol' lovable, likable Donald Conroy". [on his father attending his book signings for "The Great Santini"]
4[Talking to his mother on her death bed] Oh, Mama, oh, mother of mine, you who opened up the universe for me with all the stuff of language, I'll make you so beautiful. Because you made me a writer and presented me the tongues and a passion for language, I can lift you off that bed, banish the cancer from your cells forever.
5[speaking of his wife, author Cassandra King] I'll hear her cackle with laughter at some funny line she's written. I've never cackled with laughter at a single line I've ever written. None of it has given me pleasure. She writes with pleasure and joy, and I sit there in gloom and darkness.

Facts

#Fact
1His father pressured him to accept a scholarship to the Citadel, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1967.
2His English teacher at Beaufort (SC) High School encouraged him to be a writer. Conroy returned to the school as an English teacher himself. He also taught for a year at a two-room schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island, off the South Carolina coast.
3Because of his father's career as a Marine Corps pilot, the family moved constantly, and Pat attended 11 schools in 12 years.

Pictures

Movies

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Water Is Wide2006TV Movie novel "The Water Is Wide"
The Prince of Tides1991novel "The Prince of Tides" / screenplay
Unconquered1989TV Movie teleplay
The Lords of Discipline1983novel "The Lords of Discipline"
The Great Santini1979novel
Conrack1974novel "The Water Is Wide"

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel2012DocumentaryHimself
Tell About the South: Voices in Black and White1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHimself

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1992OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedThe Prince of Tides (1991)
1992USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardThe Prince of Tides (1991)
1992WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumThe Prince of Tides (1991)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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