Not only did Elmore Leonard's words come alive on the page, but he also gave fans a rollicking good time at the theater.
The noted crime fiction writer who died Tuesday at the age of 87 created a cast of quirky characters who lit up Hollywood in films like "Get Shorty," "Jackie Brown" and "Out of Sight." We remember him here for some of most famous work on the big screen.
1) "Jackie Brown"
Based on Elmore's book, "Rum Punch," this Quentin Tarantino directed film served as a comeback vehicle for 60s film actress Pam Grier and also costarred Robert Forster and Robert DeNiro.
2) "Out of Sight"
Director Steven Soderbergh got awesome performances out of Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney as a U.S. Marshal and a bank robber who are at odds – in a romantic sort of way.
3) "Get Shorty"
John Travolta, Danny DeVito, and Gene Hackman starred in the crime meets comedy movie about loan shark Chili Palmer. The film spurred a sequel titled "Be Cool"
4) 3:10 to Yuma
Russell Crowe and Christian Bale added some gritty sexy to the 2007. western which was actually the second adaption of Leonard's short story of the same title. The first one was released in 1957 and starred Glenn Ford and Van Heflin.
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