Dan Fante

American writer
Dan Fante speaking in Finland, 2007

Daniel Smart "Dan" Fante (February 19, 1944 – November 23, 2015) was an American author and playwright. He was born in Los Angeles, California to a family of Italian immigrants.

He was known for his plays Chump Change, Mooch, 86'd and Spitting Off Tall Buildings. His father was writer John Fante. He was also the author of A Gin-Pissing-Raw-Meat-Dual-Carburetor-V8-Son-Of-A-Bitch From Los Angeles, a volume of poetry on Wrecking Ball Press.

Fante died of cancer in Los Angeles, aged 71.[1][2]


  1. "Addio a Dan Fante, poeta della vita al limite". Il Centro (in Italian).
  2. "Morto Dan Fante, figlio di John". Corriere della Sera (in Italian).

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