Larry McMurtry

Novelist, Screenwriter, Professor
Prolific author and screenwriter McMurtry has carved a niche as the chronicler of a fictional West (with particular emphasis on his native Texas) in transition. He is credited with reviving the genre and imbuing it with ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA

Filmography

Writer (20)

Brokeback Mountain 2005 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

The Evening Star 1996 (Movie)

("The Evening Star") (Source Material (from novel))

Falling From Grace 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Memphis 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Montana 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Texasville 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Texasville 1990 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

("Terms of Endearment") (Source Material (from novel))

Lovin' Molly 1974 (Movie)

("Leaving Cheyenne") (Source Material (from novel))

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

("The Last Picture Show") (Source Material (from novel))

Hud 1962 (Movie)

("Horseman, Pass By") (Source Material (from novel))

Buffalo Girls (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Memphis (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

(Book Author)

The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Show)

From Story
Producer (6)

Comanche Moon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brokeback Mountain 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Johnson County War (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

Texas: America Supersized (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Prolific author and screenwriter McMurtry has carved a niche as the chronicler of a fictional West (with particular emphasis on his native Texas) in transition. He is credited with reviving the genre and imbuing it with realism laced with satire. Although he has written novels set in other areas of the US, the flavor of the Southwest permeates. Raised in Archer County, TX on a cattle ranch established by his grandfather, McMurtry began his literary career at North Texas State University writing for the literary magazine "Avesta." Upon graduation, he worked intermittently as a teacher, first at Texas Christian University (1961-62) and then at Rice University (1963-64 and 1965-69). He continued his literary career as well, working as a freelance journalist and book reviewer.

Relationships

Hazel Ruth McMurtry

Mother

Brother
has one

Sister
has two

Josephine Ballard

Wife
married on July 15, 1959 divorced in August 1966

William McMurtry

Father

James McMurtry

Son
born on March 18, 1962

EDUCATION

University of North Texas

Denton , Texas 1958
school now known as North Texas State University

Rice University

Houston , Texas 1960

Archer City High School

Archer City , Texas 1954

Stanford University

Stanford , California 1960 - 1961
received Wallace Stegner Fellowship in fiction

Milestones

2005

Adapted Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," for the big screen, which is based on the short story by E. Annie Proulx; also executive produced

1996

Adapted the screenplay for the western mini-series "Dead Man's Walk," based on his novel of the same name; also produced

1995

First TV credit as executive producer, "Larry McMurtry's 'Streets of Laredo'" (CBS)

1992

First solo screenplay credit "Falling From Grace"

1990

Co-wrote film "Texasville" with Peter Bogdanovich; sequel to "The Last Picture Show" adapted from McMurtry's novel

1990

First teleplay for the TNT cable movie "Montana"

1988

First TV credit, wrote story for "The Murder of Mary Phagan" (NBC)

1985

Published "Lonesome Dove"; won 1986 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

1970

First screenplay, "The Last Picture Show", co-written with Peter Bogdanovich

1969

Opened first store, Booked Up Book Store in Washington, DC (co-owner with John Curtis and Martha Carter)

1968

Moved to Washington, DC to teach at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

1961

First novel, "Horseman, Pass By" published; adapted for film as "Hud" in 1963

1961

Taught at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth

Born and raised in north central Texas

Wrote book reviews for THE HOUSTON POST; contributed articles to various publications, mostly on Texas

Lecturer in English and creative writing at Rice University in Houston

Bonus Trivia

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He was the first non-New Yorker to serve as president of the literary organization PEN since the 1920s.

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Received Guggenheim Fellowship for creative writing in 1964.

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McMurtry has quadruple-bypass surgery in December 1991.

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