Jack Fincher (screenwriter)

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Howard Kelly "Jack" Fincher (December 6, 1930 — April 10, 2003) was an American screenwriter and journalist who had written for various magazines and periodicals, notably serving as a chief editor of Life magazine.

Fincher was born in Bonham, Texas, the son of Merlin Jackson "Jack" Fincher and Grace Mae Hutcheson,[1][2] and was raised in Oklahoma.[3] In 1960, he married Claire Mae Boettcher,[4] a mental health nurse from South Dakota who worked in drug addiction programs; their son is acclaimed film director David Fincher.

Fincher once wrote a Howard Hughes biopic before it was decided to go with John Logan's script for The Aviator instead. He also wrote The Brain Mystery of Matter and Mind (The Human Body) (Torstar Books Inc.)[5][6]


  1. ^ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
  2. ^ Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997
  3. ^ 1940 United States Federal Census
  4. ^ California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985
  5. ^ Shprintz, Janet. "Evan Sues Over Hughes Pic." Variety. February 28, 2001.
  6. ^ "GenLookups.com". GenLookups.com. Archives. Retrieved 2015-02-01.