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Tom Bleecker began his writing career in 1970 under the mentorship of Oscar winning screenwriter and director Blake Edwards and continued writing television and film for Edwards for 15 years. During that time frame, Bleecker also wrote for actor William Shatner, as well as several television companies and major film studios. After writing for screen and television for nearly 30 years, Bleecker coauthored his first book with Linda Lee (The Bruce Lee Story), which was published in July 1988 and used as the foundational material for Universal’s feature film “DRAGON.”
Several books followed, including Bleecker’s controversial second book on Lee, Unsettled Matters, which became a bestseller and is considered by many to be the most informative book ever written on the legendary martial arts icon; The Journey with noted biographer Joe Hyams; and Inside U: How to Become a Master of Your Own Destiny by Grandmaster Byong Yu, Ph.D., with Tom Bleecker (Hay House Publishers, August 2003) and, published in 2007, Conquest over Hatred: the Donnie Williams Story, which has been featured on Pat Robertson’s “700 Club” and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), followed in 2007 with the life story of Big Band leader Horace Heidt. Bleecker’s most current film “The Jacket” starring Academy Award winner Adrian Brody and Keira Knightly was released through Warner Brothers in March 2005. In 2011, the author completed Tea Money, which is a 90,000 word mystery-thriller and full length feature screenplay. The following year, the author penned The International Journey that was published in April 2012 (www.theinternationaljourney.com).
In addition to writing for film and television, Tom Bleecker is available as an author of books and book proposals, both with an author’s credit and as a ghostwriter. Bleecker's most recent work is THE JET, which is the life story of the legendary martial arts kickboxing icon Benny "The Jet" Urquidez (www.bennythejetbook.com). Click here for THE JET Review and Synopsis
On August 11, 2012, Tom Bleecker was inducted into the prestigious Masters Hall of Fame, receiving the Platinum Life Achievement Award for his Excellence in Martial Arts. The award was presented at the Orange County Hilton at a black tie dinner attended by 350 guests.
With wife Lourdes at the Masters Hall of Fame
--Compiled by Roger Greene