Ed Driscoll

White Hunter, Black Heart, Incredible Life

As Orrin Judd notes, Peter Viertel, who passed away this week at age 86, had a view of life from the front row seats. Married to Deborah Kerr, associate of John Houston, Viertel was the author of White Hunter, Black Heart, his 1953 best-selling novel, which in the early 1990s, Clint Eastwood made into a pretty nifty film, with Clint playing a thinly-disguised version of John Houston and Jeff Fahey playing a character based on Viertel himself.