Sunday, April 14, 2024

Remembering Pete Hamill, the Journalist We All Wanted to Be, Living the High Life and Getting the Scoops


Pete Hamill has died at age 85. He was The Guy. At Elaine’s he was revered. At the Lions Head in the West Village, same thing. But so too at the Daily News and the Post, as a reporter, editor, leader, friend, and stud. He dated Jackie Onassis and Shirley MacLaine. I mean, come on! Pete was sick for a long time, but he soldiered on. He was a New York institution. I direct you to the interview below, and to the great documentary about him and Jimmy Breslin on HBO from last year. Pete was one of a kind at a time when New York was, too. Peace, Pete.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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