In 1986 he was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for the novel “Lonesome Dove”. The story of a cattle drive in the Wild West at the end of the 19th century was later filmed as an award-winning mini-series starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.
McMurtry and co-writer Diana Ossana won the 2006 Golden Globe and Academy Awards for their script adaptation of Brokeback Mountain. Annie Proulx’s short story about the secret love of two gay cowboys was filmed by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
McMurtry was also the author of novels such as “The Last Picture Show” and “Terms of Endearment”, which became popular Hollywood films.