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Pete Hamill
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Hamill in September 2012
Born (1935-06-24)June 24, 1935
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died August 5, 2020(2020-08-05) (aged 85)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Ramona Negron
(m. 1962; div. 1970)

Fukiko Aoki (m. 1987)

Pete Hamill (/ˈhæmɪl/; June 24, 1935 – August 5, 2020) was an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator. He won the Grammy Award for Best Album Notes in 1976.


He was known as "the author of columns that [looked] to [catch] the flavors of New York City's politics and sports and the particular pathos of its crime."

Hamill was a columnist and editor for the New York Post and The New York Daily News. Hamill, along with fellow columnist Jimmy Breslin, were thought to be New York City's two best known street columnists of their time.

He was a friend of Robert F. Kennedy. Hamill pushed Kennedy to run for President of the United States, then worked for the campaign and covered it as a journalist. He was one of four men who disarmed Sirhan Sirhan of his gun in the aftermath of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination.


Hamill died at a hospital on August 5, 2020 from problems caused by a fractured hip, at age 85.

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