Lee Marvin Point Blank author Dwayne Epstein is the author of a number of young adult biographies, as well, covering such individuals as Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Hilary Swank, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Denzel Washington for Lucent Books’ People in the News series. For the same imprint he authored the multiple biography, “Lawman of the Old West” for the company’s History Makers series. Epstein also contributed to Bill Krohn’s bestselling books “Hitchcock at Work” and “Joe Dante and the Gremlins of Hollywood.”
Prior to writing biographies, Epstein contributed to film chronicles on a regular basis. He wrote for Filmfax Magazine on subjects such as athlete turned actor Woody Strode, Bobby Darin, the Rat Pack, television pioneer Steve Allen, film director Sam Fuller, comic book artist Neal Adams, “Invasion of the Body Snatcher’s” Kevin McCarthy, John Belushi, graphic artist Greg Hildebrandt, veteran character actor, Gregory Walcott, Comedian Shelley Berman, The Twilight Zone, beloved actor, Clint Walker, and comedy legend Sid Caesar. Epstein later contributed to Cahiers Du Cinema’s “Serious Pleasures” which had a high profile in Europe. He wrote on American films chosen for rediscovery by directors Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood.
Early in his career, Epstein earned his first professional writing credit reviewing films for Southern Calif. Community News, owned by Hearst Community Newspapers.
Epstein was born in New York’s Coney Island in 1960, and moved West with his family at age 8, spending the rest of his childhood in Cerritos, Calif. He moved back east, attended Mercer County Community College in New Jersey, earning entry into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He also served as an assistant editor for the five area newspapers of Cranbury Publications. Epstein made one more cross-country move and currently resides in Long Beach, Calif. While working as assistant editor for Long Beach’s Jewish Community Chronicle, his exclusive story of a vandalized synagogue resulted in the perpetrators being federally prosecuted for a hate crime. From there he became the managing editor of Artesian Press, a publishing company specializing in short fiction aimed at ESL, At-Risk,and High-Interest/Low Readability students with great success.
He is currently working on another project that will be a logical follow-up to his award–winning, New York Times bestseller Lee Marvin Point Blank, while continuing to freelance write in various venues, such as Emmy.com, in the areas of contemporary and retro pop culture.
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