|Name Steven Pressfield|
|Education Duke University|
|Genre historical fiction
Notable works Gates of Fire The Afghan Campaign
Movies The Legend of Bagger Vance, Above the Law, Freejack, King Kong Lives, Joshua Tree
Books The War of Art: Break Through t, Gates of Fire, The Virtues of War, Tides of War, Killing Rommel
Similar People Ronald Shusett, Andrew Davis, Dan Gilroy, Robert Redford, Vic Armstrong
The Artist's Journey With Steven Pressfield
Steven Pressfield (born September 1943) is an American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays.
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He was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943, while his father was stationed there, in the Navy. He graduated from Duke University in 1965 and in 1966 joined the Marine Corps. In the years following, he worked as an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor-trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout, attendant in a mental hospital, fruit-picker in Washington state, and screenwriter. His struggles to make a living as an author, including the period when he was homeless and living out of the back of his car, are detailed in his book The War of Art.
Pressfield's first book, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was published in 1995, and was made into a 2000 film of the same name directed by Robert Redford and starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Matt Damon.
His second novel, Gates of Fire (1998), is about the Spartans and the battle at Thermopylae. It is taught at the U.S. Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, and the Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico.
In 2012, Pressfield launched the publishing house Black Irish Books with his agent Shawn Coyne.
Prior to publishing his first original works of fiction, Pressfield wrote several Hollywood screenplays including 1986's King Kong Lives, 1988's Above the Law starring Steven Seagal and directed by Andrew Davis, 1992’s Freejack, a work of science fiction starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, and Anthony Hopkins, and 1993's Joshua Tree (a.k.a. Army of One) starring Dolph Lundgren and George Segal. Joshua Tree was directed by Academy Award and Bafta winning stuntman Vic Armstrong.
His novel The Legend of Bagger Vance was made into a 2000 film starring Matt Damon as the golf pro and Will Smith as his spiritual guide.
Pressfield also appeared as one of the historians in The History Channel's 2007 documentary Last Stand of the 300 and a commentator on an episode of the History Channel’s Decisive Battles series featuring Alexander the Great on July 30, 2004.