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Gene Fowler

Gene Fowler was an American journalist at the Denver Post, Denver Republican, Rocky Mountain News, and later became sports editor of the New York Daily Mirror and the managing editor of William Randolph Hearst's American.

Gene was the author of many popular biographies including, Good Night, Sweet Prince: The Life and Times of John Barrymore, Father Goose: The Story of Mack Sennett, The Great Mouthpiece: a life story of William J. Fallon, Schnozzola: the story of Jimmy Durante, and Beau James (a biography of New York City mayor Jimmy Walker). Fowler's screenwriting credits include Union Depot, Call of the Wild, 1936's White Fang and Billy the Kid.

Biographical fast facts

Full or original name at birth: Eugene Parrott Devlan

Date and place of birth: the evening of March 8, 1890, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

Date, time, place and cause of death: July 2, 1960, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Wife: Agnes Hubbard (m. July 19, 1916 - July 2, 1960) (his death)
Wedding took place at Red Rocks, near Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

Sons: Gene Fowler, Jr. (b. May 26, 1917, on Corona Street, Denver, Colorado - d. May 11, 1998, at 7261 Outpost Cove, Hollywood Hills, California)
Will Fowler (b. August 29, 1922, Jamaica Hospital, Jamaica, New York - d. April 14, 2004, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, California)

Daughter: Jane Fowler (b. December 13, 1920 - d. January 21, 1993, Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital, Woodland Hills, California) *

Father: Charles Francis Devlan, Jr.
Mother: Dora Wheeler

Burial site: Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.A.

Error correction or clarification

* Some sources erroneously report that Gene had only two children. As noted above, he actually had three.


The most in-depth of more than two dozen sources consulted in preparing this profile, was the 1962 biography, The Young Man from Denver, by his son Will Fowler.

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