John Gilmore

Actor + Novelist + Poet
Born Jul 5, 1935

John "Jonathan" Gilmore is an American author and gonzo journalist known for iconoclastic Hollywood memoirs, true crime literature and hard-boiled fiction. A motion picture, television and stage actor in Los Angeles and New York in the 1950s, his friends including James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. Gilmore emerged as a writer from the Beat Generation in the 60s, influenced by Jack Kerouac and befriended by cult author William S. Burroughs.… Read More

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    San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 25, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Mar 22, 2013
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of John Gilmore.


1935 Birth Born on July 5, 1935.


1953 18 Years Old While Gilmore was living in New York City in the spring of 1953, a mutual friend, movie bit-player and extra, Ray Curry, introduced him to actor James Dean. … Read More


1955 20 Years Old As a select group of friends in leather jackets, hanging out nights at Googie's on Sunset, next door to Schwab's Drugstore, Dean, Gilmore and others were referred to as the "Night Watch," as reported in the Hollywood Reporter during April, 1955, and the Hollywood Citizen News during May, 1955, at the time Dean was starring in the film, Rebel Without a Cause.


1970 35 Years Old After writing a series of action pulp novels in the 1960s under the pseudonyms Neil Egri and Mort Gillian, in 1970 Gilmore published The Tucson Murders, through Dial Press, New York, a hardcover nonfiction true crime detailing the life and crimes of Charles Schmid, the "notorious pied piper of Tucson". … Read More
1971 36 Years Old In 1971, Gilmore published his first account of '60s cult leader and convicted murderer, Charles Manson titled The Garbage People. … Read More


1975 40 Years Old In his first book on Dean, The Real James Dean, published in 1975, Gilmore caused considerable controversy when he stated that their friendship involved an experimentation with homosexuality.


1994 59 Years Old In 1994, Gilmore wrote a book that chronicled the famous Black Dahlia unsolved homicide. … Read More


1996 61 Years Old John Gilmore's second 1996 release received praise from the New York Times Book Review for his story on the life and crimes of multiple murderer, Charles Schmid.
1997 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, Gilmore wrote a second, more detailed (embellished) book on his relationship with James Dean, entitled Live Fast, Die Young: Remembering the Short Life of James Dean. … Read More
2012 77 Years Old Gilmore has since published the novel, Hollywood Boulevard, and another that he calls his "true crime, creative nonfiction", On the Run with Bonnie & Clyde, was published in September 2012.
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