John DiLeo’s first book was And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies (St. Martin’s, 1999), hailed by Pauline Kael as “the smartest movie quiz book I’ve ever seen.”
His second book was 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember—But Probably Don’t (Limelight Editions, 2002), which Adolph Green called “a valuable and touching work.” TCM host Robert Osborne said, in the Hollywood Reporter, that the book “delightfully throws the spotlight on some remarkable film work,” and the Washington Post’s reaction was, “Not only is this helpful criticism, but 100 Great Film Performances can serve as balm for anyone who has ever been disgruntled by the Academy’s choices on Oscar night.”
Turner Classic Movies devoted a night of prime-
Essays by him appear in two anthologies, City Secrets Movies: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide (2009) and City Secrets Books: The Essential Insider’s Guide (2009).
John has been a contributing book reviewer for the Washington Post’s Book World and
currently writes DVD and film-
He frequently hosts classic-
His website is johndileo.com and his blog is screensaversmovies.com.
Born in 1961 in Brooklyn, John was raised on Long Island and graduated from Ithaca College in 1982 with a B.F.A.
His fourth and latest film book is Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors, which was featured in the December 2010 issue of U.S. News and World Report.