Gregory McDonald (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born


Gregory Mcdonald was an American mystery writer whose most famous character is investigative reporter Irwin Maurice “Fletch” Fletcher. Two of the Fletch books earned Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America: Fletch was named Best First Novel in 1975, and Confess, Fletch won for Best Paperback Original in 1977. This is the only time a novel and its sequel won back-to-back Edgars. Mcdonald would go on to write nine more Fletch novels, including the prequels Fletch Won and Fletch Too. The original book became a 1985 movie of the same name starring Chevy Chase.

Born: February 15, 1937, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: September 07, 2008, Giles County, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation: Novelist
Genre: Mystery
Notable works: Fletch (series), Flynn (series)
IMDb: Gregory Mcdonald’s IMDb

About Gregory McDonald

An American mystery writer, he is particularly known for his novels focusing on the character of Irwin Maurice Fletcher. His best-known Fletcher novels include Running Scared (1964) and Fletch (1974). He is also known for his Flynn series, which includes such titles as Flynn (1977) and Flynn’s In (1984).

Before Fame

He paid for his Harvard education by operating yachts. After graduating from college, he worked as a schoolteacher and wrote for The Boston Globe.


In his later years, he bought a farm in Giles County, Tennessee.

Family Life

He grew up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He later married Cheryle Mcdonald.


His popular novel, Fletch, was made into a movie starring Chevy Chase.

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