King's College, University of Cambridge
Published final non-fiction book Truman Capote
Wrote parody sports bio The Curious Case of Sidd Finch
Gained lasting pop culture fame as spokesman for Intellivision
His bout opposite Archie Moore inspired the boxing book Shadow Box
Published football book, Paper Lion
Penned book about pitching opposite the Yankees, Out of My League
Became first editor of The Paris Review, a title he kept until his death in 2003
Was a classmate and close friend of Robert F. Kennedy, and was present at his assassination in 1968. He, along with Rosey Grier and Rafer Johnson, were credited as helping to subdue Sirhan Sirhan.
Appeared in a cameo in the 1968 film version of "Paper Lion," with Alan Alda as Plimpton.
Played Fourth Gunman, who is shot by John Wayne, in "Rio Lobo" (1970).
Hosted "Mousterpiece Theater," a showcase for vintage Disney cartoons, for the Disney Channel between 1983 and 1984.
His enthusiasm for fireworks led to his participation with U.S. Representative Felix Grucci, in the 16th International Fireworks Festival in 1979. They were the first American competitors to win the event. With Grucci, he created a fireworks display to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge.
In 1997, he played "Tea for Two" and several improvised tunes at the Apollo Theater's "Showtime" amateur event. He won second prize.
Suffered a cut finger while trying to catch a puck in his gloved hand while serving as goaltender for the Boston Bruins.
Served briefly as a temporary percussionist with the New York Philharmonic.