Author and screenwriter Edwin “Bud” Shrake died of lung cancer May 8 in Austin, Texas. He was 77.
A popular Texas magazine writer and novelist, Shrake was the companion of Texas governor Ann Richard until her death in 2006.
Shrake’s screenplays included “J.W. Coop” in 1971, starring Cliff Robertson; “Kid Blue” in 1973, starring Dennis Hopper; and “Tom Horn” in 1980, starring Steve McQueen.
He was also the co-author of one of the best-selling books ever about golf, “Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book.”
Shrake started out as a reporter at the Fort Worth Press and moved on to the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News, then went to write for Sports Illustrated. In the 1960s and ’70s, Shrake was part of group of hard-drinking, liberal Texas writers including Gary Cartwright, novelist Billy Lee Brammer; sportswriter Dan Jenkins; Larry L. King and Peter Gent, the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver who wrote the novel “North Dallas Forty.”
Some of Shrake’s notable novels included “Blessed McGill” from 1967, a Reconstruction-era Western, and 1972’s “Strange Peaches,” a novel of Dallas at the time of the Kennedy assassination. He also wrote “as told to” autobiographies of Willie Nelson and former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer.
He is survived by two sons, a brother, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.