George Plimpton

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

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Famed participatory journalist George Plimpton (1927–2003) was a writer, editor, amateur sportsman, actor, and friend to many. Plimpton’s remarkable life is showcased in a documentary that is both a chronicle of one of the last century’s most intriguing characters, as well as a cinematic adaption of his nuanced and funny literary style. Using Plimpton’s own […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Plimpton Gives Writer Jay McInerney His Debut

Watch Web Exclusive Video with Jay McInerney on George Plimpton In 1982 The Paris Review was the first magazine to publish a short story by Jay McInerney. “It’s Six A.M. Do You Know Where You Are?” shared the fiction pages with works by Michael Cunningham, Lamar Herrin, Norman Mailer, Barbara Milton and Craig Nova. In […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

George Plimpton Trading Cards

American Masters is proud to feature George Plimpton in its second series of vintage trading cards (see Billie Jean King for the first). Writer and journalist George Plimpton (1927-2003) lived many adventures, pushing the boundaries of his life, which could have likely hovered at a desk, fed only by imagination. Whether in sports, entertainment or […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

George Plimpton, The Paris Review and American Masters

American Master George Plimpton co-founded The Paris Review and was the literary magazine’s editor for 50 years, from the first edition in 1953 to his death in September 2003. A masterstroke of The Paris Review was the “Art of Fiction” interview that examined the act of writing. According to Philip Gourevich, editor of The Paris Review […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Making a Success Out of Failure

Watch Excerpt from Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself Mr. Zero. Vague. These are some of the nicknames the celebrated writer and journalist George Plimpton tried on for size during his lifetime (1927–2003). Plimpton did not show much early promise when shortly before graduation, he flunked out of the college preparatory school Exeter (Phillips Exeter […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Ric Burns on the Surprise of George Plimpton’s Death

In this web exclusive outtake from Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself, documentary filmmaker Ric Burns compares the death of George Plimpton, a journalist and native New Yorker, to a light going out at the top of the Empire State Building. Watch Web Exclusive Outtake from Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself “It was like […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

George Plimpton at the Helm of The Paris Review

“The Paris Review is maybe a spiritual hideout for George,” reflects Terry McDonnell of Sports Illustrated. I think it was a place where he could do the highest level of his work in the way he would define it.” Watch Excerpt from Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself George Plimpton was famous for shaping one […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

George Plimpton Biography and Career Timeline

Biography courtesy of The Paris Review. George Plimpton (1927–2003) was the editor of The Paris Review from its founding in 1953 until his death in 2003. A graduate of Harvard University and Kings College, Cambridge, Plimpton was recruited to Paris by Peter Matthiessen in 1952 and signed onto the project shortly thereafter. “I’ve decided to […]

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Plimpton’s Famous April Fool’s Joke in Sport Illustrated

For the April 1, 1985, issue of Sports Illustrated, George Plimpton wrote “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch,” a profile on an incredible rookie baseball pitcher for The New York Mets. Sports fans took his April Fool’s Day joke seriously. Even other journalists were willing to believe a novice could throw a 168-mph fast ball […]