John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy Toole

Name John Kennedy Toole
Profession Novelist
Date of Birth 1937-12-17
Place of Birth New Orleans, LA
Age 31 yrs
Death Date 1969-03-26
Birth Sign Sagittarius

About John Kennedy Toole

The author of the picaresque novel, A Confederacy of Dunces (published in 1980), he committed suicide in 1969 and was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His other novel, The Neon Bible, was also published after his death.

Early Life of John Kennedy Toole

He graduated from Tulane University and went on to study English at Columbia University. He was later drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed for a time in Puerto Rico.


His novel, The Neon Bible, was adapted into a film.

Family Life

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to John Dewey Toole, Jr. (a car salesman) and Thelma Ducoing Toole (a teacher). His mother published his two novels– Confederacy of Dunces and The Neon Bible– several years after his suicide.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of fellow American author, Jerome Charyn.

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Peter O’Toole

Peter O’Toole

Name Peter O’Toole
Profession Movie Actor
Date of Birth 1932-08-02
Place of Birth England
Age 81 yrs
Death Date 2013-12-14
Birth Sign Leo

About Peter O’Toole

Knighted actor best known as the star of the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. He also appeared in How to Steal A Million Dollars opposite Audrey Hepburn, and he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1969 film Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

Early Life of Peter O’Toole

He attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with fellow actors, Albert Finney, Alan Bates and Brian Bedford.


He was nominated for eight Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but failed to win any of them. He was eventually given the Academy Honorary Award in 2003 for his entire collection of works.

Family Life

He married actress Sian Phillips in 1959, and the couple had two daughters before divorcing in 1979.

Associated With

He was close friend with actor Richard Burton. 

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