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Louis Zamperini in May 2014.
Louis Silvie Zamperini
January 26, 1917
|Died||July 2, 2014
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
|Other names||Louie Zamperini|
|Occupation||Track and field athlete
|Spouse(s)||Cynthia Applewhite (m. 1946-2001; her death)|
|Children||2 (Luke and Cynthia)|
Zamperini was a long distance runner at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. During World War II, Zamperini was a soldier on a bomber airplane in the Pacific War. After the plane crashed, he and his crew survived 47 days in a lifeboat in shark infested water before being captured by the Japanese army. After the war, he became a motivational speaker.
In 2010, Laura Hillenbrand published Zamperini's biography Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, which became a bestseller. In 2014, actress Angelina Jolie directed the movie Unbroken, based on the biography. The movie was released on December 25, 2014.
In May 2014, he was chosen to be the 2015 Rose Parade grand marshal.
Zamperini was born in Olean, New York to Italian immigrant parents. He and his family moved to Torrance, California at a young age. He did not speak English until school and was bullied because of this. He was married to Cynthia Applewhite from 1946 until her death in 2001. They had two children, Luke and Cynthia.
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