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Jonathan Latimer
BornOctober 23, 1906
DiedJune 23, 1983 (aged 76)
Alma materKnox College
  • Author
  • journalist
  • screenwriter

Jonathan Wyatt Latimer (October 23, 1906 – June 23, 1983) was an American crime writer known his novels and screenplays. Before becoming an author, Latimer was a journalist in Chicago.

Early life and education

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Latimer attended Mesa Ranch School in Mesa, Arizona. He then studied at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1929.[1]

During World War II, Latimer served in the United States Navy. After the war, he moved to California and continued his work as a Hollywood screenwriter, including 10 films in collaboration with director John Farrow.[2][3]


Latimer became a journalist at the Chicago Herald Examiner and later for the Chicago Tribune, writing about crime and meeting Al Capone and Bugs Moran, among others.[4] In the mid-1930s, he turned to writing fiction, starting with a series of novels featuring private eye William Crane, in which he introduced his typical blend of hardboiled crime fiction and elements of screwball comedy.[5][6]


Latimer died of lung cancer in La Jolla, California on June 23, 1983, aged 76.

Select bibliography

The William Crane series

Non-series novels

Non-crime novels

Short stories

None known


Other Films Based on Stories by Latimer

See also


  1. ^ "Authors and Creators: Jonathan Latimer". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  2. ^ Angelini, Sergio. "J is for Jonathan Latimer". Tipping My Fedora. wordpress. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Latimer (Jonathan) Miscellaneous Scripts and Screenplays". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  4. ^ "Register of the Jonathan Latimer, Miscellaneous Scripts and Screenplays".
  5. ^ "gadetection / Latimer, Jonathan". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  6. ^ "AUTHOR JONATHAN LATIMER « Tom Rizzo". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
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