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George Plimpton

American journalist, writer, editor, actor

1927   -   2003

country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: Harvard University, King's College, Phillips Exeter Academy, , University of Cambridge
occupation: journalist, writer, actor, university teacher, screenwriter, American football player, television actor, film actor
award received: St. Louis Literary Award

George Ames Plimpton (March 18, 1927 – September 25, 2003) was an American journalist, writer, literary editor, actor and occasional amateur sportsman. He is widely known for his sports writing and for helping to found The Paris Review, as well as his patrician demeanor and accent. He was also famous for "participatory journalism" which included competing in professional sporting events, acting in a Western, performing a comedy act at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and playing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and then recording the experience from the point of view of an amateur.
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