Frank McCourt Movies and Career Information

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Aug 19, 1930
Brooklyn
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Francis "Frank" McCourt (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009) was an Irish-American teacher and Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, best known as the author of Angela’s Ashes, a memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood. His brothers Malachy McCourt and Alphie McCourt are also autobiographical writers. In the mid-1980s Francis and Malachy created the stage play A Couple of Blaguards, a two-man show about their lives and experiences. Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn, New York on 19 August 1930 to Irish Catholic parents, Malachy McCourt (1901–1985) and Angela Sheehan (1908–1981). Frank McCourt lived in New York with his parents and four younger siblings: Malachy, born in 1931; twins Oliver and Eugene, born in 1932; and a younger sister, Margaret, who died just a few weeks after birth, in 1935. Following this first tragedy, his family moved back to Ireland, where the twin brothers died within a year of the family's arrival and where Frank's youngest brothers, Michael (b. 1936) and Alphie (b. 1940), were born. Unable to find steady work because of his being of Northern Ireland and the Depression, the McCourts returned to their mother's native Limerick, Ireland in 1934, where they sank

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