May 17, 2019 / 4:53 PM / a year ago

Six facts about 'Caine Mutiny' author Herman Wouk

(Reuters) - Author Herman Wouk died on Friday at the age of 103, according to media reports. Six facts about him:

* Wouk, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, started at Columbia University at age 16 and graduated at 19. Before becoming a full-time author, he wrote jokes for comedians.

* During World War Two Wouk served aboard a U.S. Navy minesweeper in the South Pacific and was still in the Navy when he started work on his first book, “Aurora Dawn.” He set “The Caine Mutiny” aboard a minesweeper, drawing on his own experiences for the book.

* “The Caine Mutiny” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1952 and was made into a popular 1954 movie starring Humphrey Bogart as the paranoid, incompetent Captain Queeg. As a follow-up, Wouk wrote a play, “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” which had three runs on Broadway.

* Wouk wrote the screenplay for the 16-hour TV mini-series version of his “The Winds of War” after the original screenwriter died.

* Wouk had an uncredited role in the television version of “The Winds of War,” playing the archbishop of Siena.

* His brother Victor, who died in 2005, built one of the first hybrid cars. He converted a 1972 Buick Skylark to run on gasoline and electricity.

Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Diane Craft

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