Bukowski, Charles

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Bukowski, Charles Gender: M
Heinrich Karl Bukowski
born on 16 August 1920 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )
Place Andernach, Germany, 50n26, 7e24
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 23°39' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 29°44 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 07°06'

Portrait of Charles Bukowski 
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Charles Bukowski
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German-American writer who traveled throughout the U.S. A lifetime of poems, novels and screenplays reflected his boozy, gritty, carnal view of the universe, including his screenplay for the critically praised 1987 film "Barfly," which starred Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway as a pair of dissolute drunks. Bukowski became a celebrity with influential friends in 1987 with the release of the film, which was based on his life by the time he was 25. As a lush, he spent much of his life drinking cheap booze, cavorting with cheap broads and brawling in cheap bars around the country. He supported his lifestyle by working odd jobs such as driving a truck, janitorial work and working for the post office. He found the time along the way to write short stories for underground magazines. At 35, he began to write poetry. In his 50-year career he wrote over 1,000 published poems, 32 books of poetry, five books of short stories, six novels and the screenplay for "Barfly."

Bukowski was a four-year-old kid in Andernach, West Germany when the family moved to Los Angeles. His Prussian milkman father delivered regular beatings to the boy. He took his first swigs of alcohol at 13 to ease the emotional and psychological pain. He attended Los Angeles City College for two years, 1939-1941, taking journalism courses but dropped out of school at the beginning of WW II. He spent the next ten years drifting around the country as portrayed in the autobiographical film, "Barfly."

At 36, Bukowski wrote pornography and short stories for underground magazines with large readership in national prisons. In the '50s, '60s, and '70s, he poured out a literary output to the disenfranchised around the world. He had a small devoted audience in the U.S. but had a bigger audience overseas; he was flooded with letters of appreciation from the insane and the incarcerated. He later wrote a weekly column called "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" for "Open City" magazine. As his works began to receive attention from the film community, Madonna, Sean Penn and Norman Mailer began to visit Bukowski at his home in San Pedro or out at the racetrack.

Bukowski married wealthy Texan Barbara Frye, the owner of a small poetry magazine, in 1956; they divorced the following year. His only child, Marina Louise, was born in 1964, the daughter of a former girlfriend. In 1976, he met Linda Lee Beighle a health store owner, and they married in 1985. She made him give up his love of red meat and hard liquor. They lived in a one-bedroom house with a garden in San Pedro, CA. Bukowski visited the racetrack daily then returned by 10:00 PM in order to start his projects. He listened to classical music and drank wine or beer while he hammered away at his typewriter.

At 36, Bukowski was hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer in LA. On his release, he promptly left for the nearest bar. He died of leukemia on 3/09/1994 and buried at Green Hills Cemetery, San Pedro, CA.

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  • friend relationship with Wantling, William (born 7 November 1933). Notes: Acquaintance


  • Social : Begin a program of study 1939 at 12:00 midnight in Los Angeles, CA (Journalism and art)
  • Social : End a program of study 1941 at 12:00 midnight in Los Angeles, CA (Journalism and art)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1956 (First marriage, Barbara Frye)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1957 (Barbara Frye)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1964 (Daughter born)
  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1976 (Future wife, Linda Lee Beighle)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1985 (Second marriage, Linda Lee Beighle)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1987 (Film, "Barfly")

Source Notes

The original entry gave 10:00 AM with the following citation: "B.R. in hand from Steinbrecher." However, in November 2010 a person who wishes to remain anonymous submitted a photocopy of an original birth certificate that quite clearly shows the time as 10 PM. The certificate was found in the book "Bukowski in Pictures" by Bukowski's biographer, Howard Sounes. The book was published in 2000 by Rebel Inc in the UK. The record from Steinbrecher that gave rise to the original entry was a letter from an Andernach official (and not an original certificate) who wrote: "Bukowski ist am 16 August 1920 um 10.00 Uhr geboren."


  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (No red meat)
  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric (Boozy, carnal view of universe)
  • Traits : Personality : Night Owl
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Leukemia, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Gastrointestinal (Bleeding, hospitalized)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Began drinking at age 13, self-rehab)
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Physical/ Verbal (Father delievered regular beatings)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (First marriage, one year)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work alone/ Singular role
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Money Through Marriage (Married wealthy Texan Barbara Frye)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gambler (Racetrack)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (Influential)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Misfit (Spent much of life with booze, sex, and fights)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Germany to U.S.)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Homeless more than 2 mo. (Often homeless, drifter)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Much of life cavorting with cheap broads)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Leukemia)
  • Vocation : Politics : Postal service
  • Vocation : Travel : Trucking business (Truck driver)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Notes of a Dirty Old Man)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Short stories, novels)
  • Vocation : Writers : Magazine/ newsletter (Underground)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Misc. : Cleaning service (Janitorial work)