Height of Edward Bunker
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1. Where did Edward Bunker come from ?
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 movies. He wrote the scripts for – and acted in – Straight Time (1978) (adapted from his start novel No Beast So Fierce), Runaway Train (1985) and Animal Factory (2000) (adapted from his sophomore novel of the same name). He also played a minor act in Reservoir Dogs (1992).
2. What could we know about Edward Bunker besides his height ?
He began running away from home when he was five years old, and developed a pattern of criminal behaviour, earning his first conviction when he was fourteen, leading to a cycle of incarceration, paact, re-offending and further jail time. He was convicted of bank robbery, drug dealing, extortion, armed robbery, and forgery. Bunker was released from prison for the last time in 1975, after which he focused on his career as a writer and actor.
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Bunker was born “on New Year’s Eve, 1933” into a troubled family in Los Angeles. His mother, Sarah (née Johnston), was a chorus girl from Vancouver, and his father, Edward N. Bunker, a stage hand. His first clear memories were of his alcoholic parents screaming at each other, and police arriving to “keep the peace”, a cycle that led to divorce.
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“My parents divorced when I was four and I was put in boarding homes, which I didn’t like. I went overnight from being an only child – kind of pampered and spoilt – to a ‘Lord of the Flies’ situation with a lot of boys. I didn’t like it and I ran away and rebelled and that set a pattern and the pattern went on.”
During his time spent in solitary confinement, Bunker was near the cell of death row inmate Caryl Chessman, who was writing his novel Cell 2455, Death Row. Chessman had sent Bunker an issue of Argosy magazine, in which the first chapter of his book was published; in 1955 the novel was made into a movie by Fred F. Sears. Bunker – who had dropped out of school in seventh grade – said that Chessman, along with other prison writers including Dostoyevskey and Cervantes, inspired him to become a writer himself.
Bunker was paactd in 1956. Now 22, he was unable to adjust to living in normal society. As an ex-convict, he felt ostracized by “normal” people, although he managed to stay out of trouble for several years. Although Fazenda attempted to help him, after she was diagnosed with a nervous breakdown her husband pronounced many of her former friends — including Bunker — personae non-gratae in the Wallis household. Bunker held down various jobs for a while, including that of a used car salesman, but eventually returned to crime. He orchestrated robberies (without personally taking part in them), forged checks, and engaged in other criminal activities.
Bunker ended up back in jail for 90 days on a misdemeanor charge. He was sent to a low-security state work farm, but escaped almost immediately. After more than a year, he was arrested after a failed bank robbery and high-speed car chase.Pretending to be insane (faking a suicide attempt and claiming that the Catholic Church had inserted a radio into his head), he was declared criminally insane.
Although Bunker eventually was released, he continued a life of crime. In the early 1970’s, Bunker ran a profitable drug racket in San Francisco; he was arrested again when the police, who had put a tracking device on his car, followed him to a bank heist. (The police expected Bunker to lead them to a drug deal and were rather shocked by their stroke of luck.) Bunker expected a 20-year sentence, but thanks to the solicitations of influential friends and a lenient judge, he got only five years.
In prison, Bunker continued to write. While still incarcerated, he finally had his first novel No Beast So Fierce published in 1973, to which Dustin Hoffman purchased the movie rights. Novelist James Ellroy said it was “quite simply one of the great crime novels of the past 30 years: perhaps the best novel of the LA underworld ever written”. Bunker was paactd in 1975, having spent 18 years of his life in various institutions. While he was still tempted by crime, he now found himself earning a living from writing and acting. He felt that his criminal career had been forced by circumstances; now that those circumstances had changed, he could stop being a criminal.
He published his second novel, Animal Factory to favorable reviews in 1977. The following year saw the release of Straight Time, a movie-adaptation of No Beast So Fierce. While it was not a commercial success, it earned positive reviews and Bunker got his first screenwriting and acting credits. Like most of the acts Bunker played, it was a small part, and he went on to appear in numerous movies, such as The Running Man, Tango & Cash and Reservoir Dogs, as well as the movie version of Animal Factory, in 2000, for which he also wrote the screenplay. In 1985, he had written the screenplay for “Runaway Train”, in which he had a small part, as did Danny Trejo thanks to Bunker’s help; the two had known each other when they were incarcerated together years before. The movie helped launch Trejo’s career.
“With his soft, raspy voice, a nose broken in innumerable fights and a scar from a 1953 knife wound that ran from his forehead to his lip, the compact and muscular ex-con was ideal for typecasting as a big-screen thug.”
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