John Fante
John Fante

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Name: John Fante
Occupation: Screenwriter
Gender: Male
Birth Day: April 8, 1909
Death Date: May 8, 1983 (age 74)
Age: Aged 74
Birth Place: Denver, United States
Zodiac Sign: Aries

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John Fante

John Fante was born on April 8, 1909 in Denver, United States (74 years old). John Fante is a Screenwriter, zodiac sign: Aries. Find out John Fantenet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


His novel, Ask the Dust, was adapted into a 2006 Paramount Pictures feature starring Donald Sutherland, Colin Farrell, and Salma Hayek.

Does John Fante Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, John Fante died on May 8, 1983 (age 74).

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Before Fame

After trying, and failing, to get his stories published by the American Mercury, he finally received an acceptance letter for his short story, Altar Boy. The work was accepted by editor H.L. Mencken on the condition that Fante type it up.

Biography Timeline


Fante was born in Denver, Colorado, on April 8, 1909, to Nicola Fante from Torricella Peligna (Abruzzo), and Mary Capolungo of Lucanian descent. He attended various Catholic schools in Boulder, Colorado, before briefly enrolling at the University of Colorado. He dropped out of college in 1929 and moved to Southern California to focus on his writing.


Fante and Joyce Smart met on January 30, 1937, and were married on July 31 of that same year in Reno, Nevada.


After many unsuccessful attempts at publishing stories in the highly regarded literary magazine The American Mercury, his short story "Altar Boy" was accepted conditionally by the magazine's editor, H. L. Mencken. With Mencken's help, Fante published his first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini in 1938. The following year, his best known novel, the semi-autobiographical Ask the Dust, appeared. Bandini served as his alter ego in a total of four novels, often known as "The Bandini Quartet": Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1938), The Road to Los Angeles (chronologically second in the saga, this is the first novel Fante wrote but it was unpublished until 1985), Ask the Dust (1939) and finally Dreams from Bunker Hill (1982), which was dictated to his wife, Joyce, towards the end of his life. His short story collection, Dago Red, was originally published in 1940, and then republished with a few additional stories in 1985 under the title The Wine of Youth.


Starting in the 1950s, Fante made a living primarily as a screenwriter, building a lucrative career writing mostly unproduced screenplays. Fante's screenwriting credits include the comedy-drama Full of Life (1957), based on his 1952 novel of the same name, which starred Judy Holliday and Richard Conte, and was nominated for Best Written American Comedy at the 1957 WGA Awards. He also co-wrote Walk on the Wild Side (1962), which stars Jane Fonda in her second credited film role, based on the novel by Nelson Algren. His other screenplay credits include Dinky, Jeanne Eagels, My Man and I, The Reluctant Saint, Something for a Lonely Man and Six Loves. As Fante himself often admitted, most of what he wrote for the screen was simply hackwork intended to bring in a paycheck.


Fante was diagnosed with diabetes in 1955, which ultimately cost him his eyesight and led to the 1977 amputation of his toes and feet, and later legs. He died on May 8, 1983.


Fante's work and style have influenced similar authors such as Charles Bukowski, who stated in his introduction to Ask the Dust that "Fante was my god". Bukowski dedicated poems to Fante, and in the early part of his career was said to go around shouting, "I am Arturo Bandini!" in reference to Fante's alter ego. In his 1978 novel Women, Bukowski's alter ego Henry Chinaski is asked to name his favorite author and he replies, "Fante."


In 1987, Fante was posthumously awarded the PEN USA President's Award.


Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights to The Brotherhood of the Grape, but a film was not produced. Dominique Deruddere directed the movie version of Wait Until Spring, Bandini, which was released in 1989. In March 2006, Paramount Pictures released Ask the Dust, directed by Robert Towne and starring Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek and Donald Sutherland. In December 2006, a 2001 documentary film about Fante, entitled A Sad Flower in the Sand (directed by Jan Louter), aired on the PBS series Independent Lens. Yvan Attal directed and starred in the French film My Dog Stupid (Mon chien Stupide), released in October 2019, based on the story of the same name in West of Rome.


On January 18, 2001, the play 1933 by Randal Myler and Brockman Seawell, based on Fante's novel 1933 Was a Bad Year, premiered at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.


On October 13, 2009, Los Angeles City Council member Jan Perry put forward a motion, seconded by Jose Huizar, that the intersection of Fifth Street and Grand Avenue be designated John Fante Square. The site is outside the Los Angeles Central Library frequented by the young Fante, and where Charles Bukowski discovered Ask The Dust. On April 8, 2010, the author's 101st birthday, the Fante Square sign was unveiled in a noon ceremony attended by Fante's family, fans and city officials. Fante Square is located near the old Bunker Hill neighborhood he wrote about, and where he also lived.


Fante and Joyce raised four children in Malibu, California, including Dan Fante, an author and playwright who died in 2015.

Family Life

John was born in Denver, Colorado, as the son of an Italian immigrant father. John briefly studied at the University of Colorado.

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