Charles Bukowski

An author and poet fascinated with the dark underbelly of the American dream, Charles Bukowski is renowned for his blunt, scrappy work. He had a rough working-class childhood in Los Angeles and found a series of mundane ... Read more »
Born: 08/16/1920 in Andernach, DE

Filmography

Writer (8)

Cartoons: No Laughing Matter? 2006 (Movie)

("Son of Satan") (Screenplay)

Factotum 2006 (Movie)

(from novel: "Factotum," with excerpts from his books "The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses over the Hills," "What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire," "The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken over the Ship.") (Source Material)

An Evil Town 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

Barfly 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love Is a Dog From Hell 1987 (Movie)

("The Copulating Mermaids of Venice, California") (From Story)

Tales of Ordinary Madness 1983 (Movie)

("Erections Ejaculations Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness") (Book as Source Material)

Every Man For Himself 1980 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Killers 1980 (Movie)

("The Killers") (From Story)
Actor (5)

Horseshoe 1998 (Movie)

Alan Hickeman (Actor)

The Best Hotel on Skid Row 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Charles Bukowski Tapes 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Poetry in Motion 1981 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Killers 1980 (Movie)

Author (Actor)
Other (2)

Cold Moon 1991 (Movie)

from short stories("The Copulating Mermaid of Venice" and "Trouble With the Battery") (Other)

Love Is a Dog From Hell 1987 (Movie)

from material (Other)

Biography

An author and poet fascinated with the dark underbelly of the American dream, Charles Bukowski is renowned for his blunt, scrappy work. He had a rough working-class childhood in Los Angeles and found a series of mundane jobs as a young adult. When Bukowski started writing in earnest during the 1950s, it was mostly in the form of poetry that dwelt on the subjects of women, alcohol and daily drudgery. In 1971, Bukowski's first novel, <i>Post Office</i>, was published by Black Sparrow Press, introducing readers to his thinly veiled alcoholic alter ego Henry Chinaski, who would carry most of his subsequent novels, including <i>Factotum</i> (1975) and <i>Ham on Rye</i> (1982). Embraced as a rebellious literary crank in his later years, Bukowski had his moment of widest appeal in 1987 when his autobiographical script "Barfly" became a lauded movie starring Mickey Rourke as Chinaski. Bukowski died in 1994 of leukemia, with his posthumous reputation only growing larger and heightened by the well-received documentary "Bukowski: Born into This" (2003) and the 2005 indie adaptation of <i>Factotum</i>, starring Matt Dillon as Chinaski.

Relationships

Linda Bukowski

Wife

Milestones

2005

Feature film premiere of "Factotum"

2003

"Bukowski: Born into This" documentary released

1994

Final novel, <i>Pulp</i>, published

1989

<i>Hollywood</i> released

1987

"Barfly" feature film debuted

1982

Coming-of-age novel, <i>Ham on Rye</i>, is published

1978

Third novel, <i>Women</i>, published

1975

<i>Factotum</i> released

1970

First novel, <i>Post Office</i>, published

Bonus Trivia

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Sean Penn and Dennis Hopper wanted to make a film based on Bukowski's writings, but Barbet Schroeder had already begun work on "Barfly."

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U2's 1993 song "Dirty Day" is dedicated to Bukowski.

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All of Bukowski's novels except for Pulp focus on the character of Henry Chinaski.

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Penn was a friend of Bukowski's, and his 1995 drama, "The Crossing Guard," is dedicated to the late writer.

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