Edward Bunker

1933 - 2005

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Edward Heward Bunker (December 31, 1933 – July 19, 2005) was an American author of crime fiction, a screenwriter, convicted felon and an actor. He wrote numerous books, some of which have been adapted into films. He wrote the scripts for—and acted in—Straight Time (1978) (adapted from his debut novel No Beast So Fierce), Runaway Train (1985) and Animal Factory (2000) (adapted from his sophomore novel of the same name). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Bunker has received more than 1,526,655 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Edward Bunker is the 2,270th most popular writer (up from 2,321st in 2019), the 2,847th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,983rd in 2019) and the 247th most popular American Writer.

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Notable Works

No Beast So Fierce
Animal Factory
When Earl Copen, a veteran of San Quentin, takes it upon himself to instruct newcomer Ron Decker in the details of prison protocol, a bond like that between father and son develops between the two men. Reprint. 15,000 first printing. (A new film, directed by Steve Buscemi, starring Willem Dafoe) (General Fiction)
The animal factory
Dog Eat Dog
Under the new California "three strikes" law, three ex-convicts attempt to live normal lives, but when they find it impossible to do so, they devise a plan to do one more collaborative job that will either land them in prison or put them on easy-street for the rest of their lives
Little Boy Blue
Mr Blue
Novelists, American
Bunker tells it like it is from experiencing over 25 years in prison, being on the FBI's 10 most wanted list, and the youngest ever inmate at San Quentin. This blistering narrative is a memoir like no other.


Among writers, Edward Bunker ranks 2,270 out of 7,302Before him are Jeppe Aakjær, Konstantin Balmont, Andrey Kurkov, Patrick Pearse, Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh, and Đura Jakšić. After him are Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, August von Platen-Hallermünde, Fritz Leiber, John W. Campbell, Henri Desgrange, and Rahul Sankrityayan.

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Among people born in 1933, Edward Bunker ranks 151Before him are Ronald Evans, Azeglio Vicini, Félicien Kabuga, Ahmad al-Khatib, Valentina Ponomaryova, and Heather Armitage. After him are Michael Dukakis, Kerstin Ekman, John Aniston, Geraldo Majella Agnelo, Andrei Voznesensky, and Diane Cilento. Among people deceased in 2005, Edward Bunker ranks 89Before him are Alberto Lattuada, Alexander Yakovlev, Ed McBain, Amrita Pritam, Jef Raskin, and Julio César Turbay Ayala. After him are Erich Topp, George Mikan, Simone Simon, Philip Morrison, Ghena Dimitrova, and Leo Sternbach.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Edward Bunker ranks 2,847 out of 20,380Before him are Gene Krupa (1909), Lindsay Wagner (1949), John Roberts (1955), Mahershala Ali (1974), Don McLean (1945), and Charles Joseph Bonaparte (1851). After him are Patricia Arquette (1968), George Lincoln Rockwell (1918), Frank Knight (1885), Fritz Leiber (1910), Everett McGill (1945), and Edmund M. Clarke (1945).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Edward Bunker ranks 247Before him are Erich Segal (1937), Audre Lorde (1934), Joseph Heller (1923), Wayne Dyer (1940), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860), and Harlan Coben (1962). After him are Fritz Leiber (1910), John W. Campbell (1910), Robert Ressler (1937), Harold Bloom (1930), William Steig (1907), and Archibald Gracie IV (1858).