Jimmy Breslin, center, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, in the 1960’s on the set of a Piels beer commercial. “Piels—it’s a good drinkin’ beer!”
Journalist and novelist Jimmy Breslin, who made a career writing for newspapers back when people could make a career writing for newspapers, died Sunday. He was 88.
Breslin first made national headlines when he was attacked in 1970 by mobster Jimmy Burke after an investigative piece he wrote disparaged a fellow mobster. In 1977, Breslin began receiving letters from the Son of Sam while working at the New York Post.
He won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1986. He also worked for the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News and Newsday.
He also appeared on the big screen in such classic films as “Summer of Sam,” “If I Ever See You Again” and “RECOiL.”
He is survived by his second wife, Ronnie Eldridge, and four children.
New York—An award winning reporter with a long, distinguished career, but whose work recently had become “shoddy,” according to his editor, was arrested in his office yesterday on fraud charges stemming from articles he’d been writing that allegedly led to thousands of billable hours for his friend, a patent attorney in Midtown.
Keith Murray, who won the 1995 Conscience-in-Media Award, was arrested in his New York Post office after his friend, patent lawyer Adele Ackerman, contacted authorities to admit to the deceit after she was confronted by one of the partners in the firm where Ackerman works, Schwartz, Buchman, Ganz and Jones.