Lehane, Dennis

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Lehane, Dennis Gender: M
John-Paton Lehane
born on 4 August 1965 at 23:46 (= 11:46 PM )
Place Dorchester, Massachusetts, 42n18, 71w05
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Taglilatelo
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 12°31' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 23°15 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 17°37'

Dennis Lehane
photo: David Shankbone, license cc-by-3.0


American author of mysteries and crime novels. Lehane won the Shamus Award for the best first novel in 1994 for "A Drink Before the War"; he was a 2002 finalist for the L.L. Winship/PEN new England Award and the Anthony Award for Best Novel, both for "Mystic River," a best-seller purchased by Clint Eastwood's production company for a movie that began production in September 2002. A 1988 graduate of Eckerd College, Lehane earned his MFA degree in 1993 from Florida International University in Miami while working as an English instructor there. Although he always wanted to be a writer, and began writing stories before age 20, he refused to submit his work to publishers because his work didn't meet his own high standards. He no longer has to support himself by working, as he did in his early career, as a therapeutic counselor for the mentally handicapped and emotionally disturbed children or as a chauffer for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston. Proving to be a prolific, talented and popular writer, he has published six novels since 1994 as well as the film, "Neighborhoods," which he also directed and produced. His writing has been described as "gritty" and "hard-edged" and his plots are generally set in working-class neighborhoods of Boston, the environment in which he himself grew up. He told "Publishers' Weekly" that growing up in Boston during the 1970s and '80s provided "...a sense that life was hard and unfair and you just tried your best." Lehane married his wife Sheila in 1999.

Clint Eastwood made a critically-acclaimed movie based on Lehane's book, "Mystic River" released in late 2003. Lehane was on the set and met the actors and crew, but his head was not turned. A quiet man who shuns the spotlight, he was invited to the Academy Award ceremony but preferred to stay home.

The youngest of five children born to his Irish immigrant parents, Lehane is closest to his next older brother Gerald, an actor. In 2004, he was working on a short story that was published by the Atlantic Monthly in 2005 and selected as one of the United States top short stories of the year. Gerald and an acting buddy were staying with Dennis during the time that Dennis was writing the story and thought it would make a good play. Dennis took the actors up on the idea and completed the script for "Coronado" which opens in early 2006 as an off-Broadway production starring his brother Gerald as the father.

In 2007 the movie, "Gone, Baby, Gone," based on his book of the same name again propelled him into the media spotlight. The movie, directed by Ben Affleck and starring Casey Affleck, was critically acclaimed. The movie Shutter Island, based on the novel of the same name, starring Leonardo die Caprio, was released on February 19, 2010.

His dad, whom he credits with his love for story-telling, died on February 21, 2011.

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  • Social : End a program of study 1988 (Graduated from Eckerd College)
  • Social : End a program of study 1993 (MFA degree from Florida International University)
  • Work : Prize 1994 (Shamus Award)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1994 (A Drink Before the War)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1999 (Sheila)
  • Work : Gain social status 2002 (Finalist for the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award)
  • Work : Begin Major Project September 2002 (One of his books being made into movie)
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Source Notes

Pat Taglilatelo quotes B.C. Jan. 2003


  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly
  • Family : Childhood : Family close
  • Family : Childhood : Family large
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Counselor/ Therapist (Initially for handicapped children)
  • Vocation : Travel : Crew/ Ship, Train, Bus (Chauffer initially)
  • Vocation : Writers : Detective/ Mystery (Noted, crime and mysteries)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novels)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous)