F.X. Toole





F.X. Toole


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in Long Beach, CA, The United States
July 30, 1930

Died
September 02, 2002

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F. X. Toole was the pseudonym of Jerry Boyd (1930–2002), a boxing trainer and author whose work inspired the award-winning film Million Dollar Baby. In 1988, Boyd began writing about boxing, using the pseudonym F. X. Toole to keep his hobby secret from his colleagues in the boxing world. One of his stories caught the eye of a literary agent, who sold Rope Burns, a collection of Boyd’s stories, in 2000. Boyd died two years later, but before he passed he wrote the posthumously published Pound for Pound (2006) and sold the film rights to his story “Million $$$ Baby.” Clint Eastwood’s adaptation, Million Dollar Baby, won four Academy Awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture.

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Million Dollar Baby: Storie...

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Pound for Pound

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Rope Burns

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De sueur et de sang

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The Best American Noir of t...

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The Dark Side

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“I just hope he went someplace where he could find a little peace... somewhere between nowhere and goodbye...”
F.X. Toole, Million Dollar Baby: Stories from the Corner

“The old white man didn't look into your eyes, he looked clear through your eyes, and straight to the inside of the back of your head. 'Instead of runnin from pain, which is the natural thing in life, in boxing you step to it, get me?”
F.X. Toole

“It’s not something he can do anything about, being a bleeder, anymore than a guy with a glass jaw can do something about not having whiskers.”
F.X. Toole

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