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Elmore John Leonard, Jr. (October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013) was an American novelist and screenwriter.

His best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, and Rum Punch. He was also writing for the TV series Justified.

Leonard was born on October 11, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan. Leonard studied at the University of Detroit.

Leonard was married to Beverly Cline from 1949 until they divorced in 1977. Then he was married to Joan Shepard from 1979 until her death in 1993. Then he was married to Christine Kent from 1993 until his death in 2013. He had five children with Cline.

Leonard spent the last years of his life with his family in Oakland County, Michigan. He suffered a stroke on July 29, 2013. Reports stated that Leonard was recovering from the stroke.

On August 20, 2013, Leonard died at his home in Bloomfield Hills (a Detroit suburb) of complications from the stroke. He was 87 years old.

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