Author Elmore Leonard’s funeral was held in Burmingham Michigan on Saturday August 24, 2013. Over 300 people gathered at the Holy Name Catholic Church to say their farewells to Leonard.
Reverend Joe Grimaldi gave the eulogy. Leonard’s sons Peter, Bill and Christopher also spoke. Son Peter recalled how his father always got stopped at airport check points for trying to carry on various items, from scissors and shampoo to an excessive amount of athletes foot powder.
“His favorite letters were from convicts” Peter Leonard said eliciting laughter.
His son Bill told the crowd that everyone knew that Elmore was a great writer but only a few people knew that he was a great father, funny, patient and incredibly generous.
Leonard wrote westerns for years before he began to write crime novels. His work has been adapted into dozens of movies and tv shows including the FX drama Justified.
“Raylan”, published in 2012, stands as Leonard’s final novel. He was at work on a new novel at the time of his death entitled “Blue Dreams”. That novel would again have featured Raylan Givens, Justified’s U.S. Marshal.
Justified star Timothy Olyphant attended the funeral. He described the funeral as “lovely”. Olyphant stated he was a huge fan of Leonard’s books and that he felt very blessed to have known him.
Following the service Leonard, who served as a navy seaman during World War II, was given military honors. This included taps being played and a flag folding ceremony.
His friend Mike Lupica, a sportswriter, declared “He lived a great American life”.
According to the Los Angeles Times Olyphant will play a wild professional skateboarder in his 40’s. After nearly running Mindy over on his skateboard, he asks her out. Of course who can resist Mr. Olyphant. Not Mindy!
The episode is slated to run early in the season. We will keep you posted as soon as we learn the date!
Author Elmore Leonard died early Tuesday, August 20th. He had been hospitalized after suffering a stroke. He was surrounded by family according to his long time research assistant, Greg Sutter. Leonard was 87.
Leonard made a living writing advertising copy during his early days as a struggling writer. He had success with western stories, publishing several in western magazines. He found some success with 3:10 to Yuma, which was made into a movie starring Glenn Ford in 1957. His western novel “Hombre” was also made into a film in 1966 starring Paul Newman.
When the popularity of the western began to fade so did interest in Leonard’s work. That is when he began to write the gritty crime novels that brought him fame. His first crime novel “The Big Bounce” was rejected 84 times before being published as a paperback. It was later made into a movie starring Ryan O’Neal that even Leonard said was terrible.
His first bestseller didn’t happen until the author was 60 years old. “Glitz” became his first bestseller in 1985. A novel of vengeance set in Atlantic City.
Hollywood began to love him again and several of his books got film treatments including Get Shorty, and Rum Punch (Jackie Brown). A lot of them missed the mark when it came to getting Leonard’s humor and style.
Graham Yost did not miss the mark on Leonard’s humor or style. Yost took the character Raylan Givens from Leonard’s short story “Fire In The Hole” and produced a television series “Justified” for FX Networks. Givens is perhaps the coolest lawman on television. His charm, humor and old west sense of justice has kept Givens true to Leonard’s character. Elmore was so inspired by Timothy Olyphant’s portrayal of Givens he wrote a new novel based on the character, “Raylan”.
Elmore Leonard, Timothy Olyphant & Walton Goggins
The 87 year old writer was working on his 46th novel at the time of his death. His unique voice will be missed.
If you are a fan of Justified starring Timothy Olyphant and your collecting the series on DVD or Blu-ray, then you will want to pre-order season four. Season four was the saga the search for Drew Thompson.
The season had some interesting guest stars and a lot of action. Guest stars included Gerald McRaney, Ron Eldard, Mike O’Malley, and Patton Oswalt.
If you pre-order now and the price changes, you will receive the lowest price. So pre-order your copy today so your collection will be complete. Set features 13 episodes.
Author Elmore Leonard suffered a stroke on July 29th. He is recovering in an undisclosed facility in Detroit. His long time research assistant Craig Sutter says “He is a fighter.” The family remais optimistic he will make a full recovery.
The hit FX Network series “Justified” is based on a Leonard short story “Fire in the Hole”. Leonard has a producing credit on the show. He has often praised the series for its great writing. He admires Timothy Olyphant’s performance as Raylan Givens so much, that it inspired him to write the novel “Raylan“. Many of the plot lines from the book have been used on Justified
Leonard was working on his 46th novel when he became ill. We wish him a speedy recovery. Can’t wait for that 46th novel!
Timothy Olyphant is set to begin filming the horror western Bone Tomahawk in August. Filming will begin on location in Utah.
The movie is based on a script by S. Craig Zahler. The film follows an outlaw who unknowingly leads a band of cannibalistic troglodytes into the small western town of Bright Hope. Chaos when the cannibals kidnap some of the towns people.
A small band of rescuers venture into hell in a rescue attempt. Band includes the town sheriff played by Kurt Russell. Peter Sarsgaard plays a cowboy who joins the rescue group. Richard Jenkins plays an old timer with a fading mind. Olyphant plays John Brooder a gunslinger with dark desires. Jennifer Carpenter plays one of the kidnapped settlers.
By all accounts the movie will be extremely violent yet character driven. Olyphant is no stranger to playing the quick draw artist. He stars as Raylan Givens on the FX series “Justified”.