McMurtry was 84 years old. The native Texan, who wrote dozens of novels and screenplays, was known for works such as “Weg in die Wildnis” (original title: “Lonesome Dove”) and the script adaptation of the western “Brokeback Mountain”.
Oscar for the screenplay of “Brokeback Mountain”
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 miniseries starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.
McMurtry and co-writer Diana Ossana won the 2006 Golden Globe and Oscar 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 like “The Last Picture Show” and “Terms of Endearment”, which had success as Hollywood films.