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Born in Jamaica, New York. Attended Long Island University (1948-50), working as copyboy for Long Island Press while in college. Reported on sports from 1950 to 1963 for New York Journal-American and other New York newspapers. Joined staff of New York Herald-Tribune in 1963 as sportswriter, eventually becoming columnist and reporter. Wrote columns for New York Post (1968-69), New York Daily News (1978-88), and Newsday (1988- ). In 1969 ran for presidency of New York city council on Mailer-Breslin ticket. Contributed articles to New York magazine (1968-71) and wrote for New Times (1973); served as television commentator for New York ABC and NBC affiliates (1968-69; 1973). In 1977 was recipient of letters from "Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz. Won 1986 Pulitzer Prize and 1986 George Polk award for commentary. Author of novels The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1969), World Without End, Amen (1973), .44 (1978, with Dick Schapp), Forsaking All Others (1982), Table Money (1987), and He Got Hungry and Forgot His Manners (1987), I Don't Want To Go to Jail (2001), and nonfiction Sunny Jim: The Life of America's Most Beloved Horseman, James Fitzsimmons (1962), Can't Anybody Here Play This Game? (1963), The World of Jimmy Breslin (1967), Running Against the Machine: The Mailer-Breslin Campaign (contributor, 1970), How the Good Guys Finally Won: Notes from an Impeachment Summer (1975), The World According to Breslin (1984), Damon Runyon (1991), A Slight Case of Amazing Grace: A Memoir (1996), I Want To Thank My Brain for Remembering Me: A Memoir (1996), and The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez (2002).