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John Ball

In the Heat of the Night

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John Ball

  • 1911-1988
  • Real Name: John Ball
  • Birthday: July 8
  • Birthplace: United States
  • Buried: ?

John Ball was an American author most noted for his 1965 novel, In the Heat of the Night, featuring detective Virgil Tibbs. The novel was made into an Oscar-winning film of the same name.

To help finance his Carrollton College education, Ball performed magic as "Howduzi" and "Jacques Morintell".

A man with wide interests, Ball was also a martial arts-trained Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy and a nudist. Hopefully, not at the same time.


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