James Ellroy

Writer, Producer, Actor
Once a punk, prowler, pill popper and profligate panty-sniffer, author James Ellroy transformed his degenerate existence to become perhaps the greatest - if not most infamous - crime writer in the world. Ellroy's novels ... Read more »
Born: 03/04/1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (11)

Rampart 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Street Kings 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

Street Kings 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Black Dahlia 2006 (Movie)

(from novel: "Black Dahlia") (Source Material)

Dark Blue 2003 (Movie)

(Story By)

L.A. County 187 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Writer

Brown's Requiem 2000 (Movie)

("Brown's Requiem") (Source Material (from novel))

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

("L.A. Confidential") (Source Material (from novel))

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

(Novel) (Source Material)

The Jackal 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cop 1988 (Movie)

("Blood on the Moon") (Source Material (from novel))
Actor (9)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Murder by the Book 2006 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Jack Webb 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Wonder Boys 2000 (Movie)

Wordfest Party Guest (Actor)

James Ellroy: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Shotgun Freeway: Drives Thru Lost L.A. 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Once a punk, prowler, pill popper and profligate panty-sniffer, author James Ellroy transformed his degenerate existence to become perhaps the greatest - if not most infamous - crime writer in the world. Ellroy's novels have been studious crossbreeds of fact and fiction, colliding in brutal fashion to create an alternative history of post-war Los Angeles. His obsession for the dark and unseemly, no doubt fueled by the unsolved murder of his mother in 1958, was clearly reflected in his characters - particularly the hard-edged, broken-down cops who struggle to redeem their violent natures through moral outrage brought forth by heinous crimes. His most enduring contribution to the genre was the L.A. Quartet, a series of dark, densely-packed novels spanning 1947-1958 and centering on four real-life Los Angeles murder cases investigated by fictional cops. The L.A. Quartet turned Ellroy into an international best-seller and landed him on the Hollywood map, thanks to the Oscar-winning adaptation of the third installment, "L.A. Confidential" (1997), making him the most celebrated practitioner of noir fiction since the 1940's Dashiell Hammett.

Relationships

Armand Ellroy

Father
worked briefly as Rita Hayworth's business manager married to James' mother from 1947-55 parents divorced when James was 6-years old raised by father after mother's death suffered a stroke in 1963 and died in 1965

Geneva Hilliker

Mother
married to James' father from 1947-55 parents divorced when James was 6-years old found dead three months after James' tenth birthday in the shrubs next to El Monte High School was strangled by a chord and her nylon stockings murder was never solved and was the basis of his 1996 memoir My Dark Places

Helen Knode Actor

Wife
second wife, author of the 2003 novel, The Ticket Out divorced

Milestones

2012

With director Oren Moverman, co-wrote script of "Rampart"; film starred Woody Harrelson as racist L.A. policeman

2008

Co-wrote screenplay of crime drama "Street Kings"

2006

Brian De Palma adapted Ellroy’s novel The Black Dahlia into feature film starring Josh Harnett and Aaron Eckhart

2004

Released a collection of essays and short stories, Destination Morgue!

2004

Executive produced and appeared in the documentary feature "Bazaar Bizarre"

2001

Published the second installment of the "Underworld USA" trilogy The Cold Six Thousand, which picked up in the aftermath of the first Kennedy assassination

2000

Feature acting debut with a cameo in "Wonder Boys"

1999

Wrote a collection of GQ articles titled "Crime Wave: Reportage and Fiction from the Underside of L.A."

1998

Brown’s Requiem, Ellroy’s first novel was adapted into a feature

1997

Director Curtis Hanson adapted best-selling novel L.A. Confidential into an award-winning film starring Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kevin Spacey

1996

Published the nonfiction book My Dark Places about investigation of his mother's unsolved 1950s-era murder

1990

Published L.A. Confidential, the third volume in Ellroy's "L.A. Quartet"

1988

Optioned the film right for Blood on the Moon, which was renamed "Cop" and starred James Woods as Lloyd Hopkins

1987

Published international best-seller The Black Dahlia (Ellroy financed the promotional tour)

1986

Published Killer on the Road (formerly Silent Terror), a first-person narration by a serial killer

1984

Published the first of three Lloyd Hopkins novels, Blood on the Moon; first book by Ellroy to be published in hardcover in the U.S.

1982

Published second novel Clandestine, centered around his mother's thinly-disguised murder

1979

Began writing first novel, Brown’s Requiem (published in 1981)

Worked as a golf caddy at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles

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