Winston Francis Groom Jr. (March 23, 1943 – September 17, 2020) was an American novelist and non-fiction writer. He was born in Washington, D.C. but raised near Mobile, Alabama.
He was best known for writing Forrest Gump, which was made into the popular 1994 movie Forrest Gump. He published a sequel, Gump and Co., in 1995.
He also wrote many non-fiction works such as about the American Civil War and World War I.
Groom died on September 17, 2020 in Fairhope, Alabama from a heart attack at the age of 77.