You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Michael Herr, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Co-Writer and ‘Dispatches’ Author, Dies at 76

Michael Herr, author of “Dispatches,” the acclaimed nonfiction novel that shed light on the devastation caused by the Vietnam War in the 1970s, died Thursday in New York after a lengthy illness. He was 76.

Knopf, who published “Dispatches” in 1977, confirmed his death.

“‘Dispatches’ is one of the seminal works of the 20th century and the most brilliant treatment of war and men I have ever read,” said Knopf chairman Sonny Mehta. “It is a work that secured Michael’s legacy as one of our great writers of narrative nonfiction. We will all miss him.”

Taken from Herr’s experiences during his stint as a war correspondent for Esquire magazine, “Dispatchers” was published at a time when many veterans were reluctant to publicly reveal the horrors they experienced in Vietnam.

Because of his firsthand experience during the war, Herr was involved in the making of two films that chronicled the conflict, “Apocalypse Now” and “Full Metal Jacket.” He contributed to the narrations for “Apocalypse Now,” which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1979, and co-wrote the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket.”

Both movies were nominated for Oscars.

Herr was a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and is considered one of the most respected writers of new journalism.

More Biz

  • Jussie Smollett Good Morning America

    Jussie Smollett Angrily Denies Complicity in Attack

    Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement Saturday denying that he orchestrated his Jan. 29 assault, and saying he is “angered” and “devastated” by recent developments in the case. Chicago police want to interview Smollett, after learning new evidence from two Nigerian brothers who were released on Friday night. Local media outlets have [...]

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

  • Colin Kaepernick Kneel

    Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid Reach Settlement With NFL

    Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, two football players who alleged the National Football League colluded to oust them from the game after they started kneeling in protest of racial inequality during the playing of the national anthem, have reached a settlement in the matter, according to a statement from the sports organization and lawyers representing [...]

  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly Could Be in ‘Big Trouble’ Over Alleged New Sex Tape, Attorney Says

    Strong allegations of sexual misconduct have followed R. Kelly for 25 years, but the singer has always managed to slip free. Yet reports that a videotape of him sexually assaulting an underage girl, combined with the outcry surrounding the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” means that public sentiment, at the very least, is definitely not [...]

  • Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in

    New Media Residuals and Feature Films Contribute to Spike in Writers' Pay

    The outlook for members of the Writers Guild of America has brightened — even amid pervasive uncertainty in the entertainment industry. According to the most recent report to WGA West members, earnings surged 2.8% to $1.41 billion in 2017, thanks mostly to gains in feature films and new-media residuals. Total covered earnings for WGA West [...]

  • Joe Dante Gremlins

    Hollywood Execs Seek Licensing Deals at the New York Toy Fair

    On Feb. 16 more than 30,000 studio executives, buyers and toy company reps will gather in Manhattan for the annual Toy Fair New York, all vying for market share and trying to snag the latest hot trend in a fast-changing industry. Those working the film side of the business will focus much of their attention [...]

  • Lady Gaga Bradley Cooper A Star

    Universal Music Group Fuels 11.3% Rise in Vivendi's 2018 Revenues

    Vivendi’s revenues were up 11.3% to €13.93 billion ($15.7 billion) in 2018, powered by Universal Music Group, which delivered such hits as the “A Star Is Born” soundtrack and Drake’s new album. UMG’s revenues climbed by 10% to €6 billion ($6.8 billion) compared to 2017. On top of the “A Star Is Born” soundtrack, the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content