About John Hadley Nicanor Hemingway
John "Jack" Hadley Nicanor Hemingway (October 10, 1923 – December 1, 2000) was an American writer and conservationist. He was born in Toronto, Canada, the only child of American writer Ernest Hemingway's marriage to his first wife Hadley Richardson. He would later gain two half-brothers from Hemingway's second marriage to Pauline Pfeiffer. Jack was named for his mother and a noted Spanish matador Nicanor Villalta y Serris, whom his father had grown to admire in the year of Jack's birth.
Nicknamed "Bumby", Hemingway spent his early years in Paris, France, and the Austrian Alps. Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, were his godparents.
He served in World War II as a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a United States wartime intelligence agency formed during World War II—and the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency—working specifically with the French Resistance. In October 1944 he was wounded and captured by the Nazis behind their lines in the Vosges, France. He was kept as a prisoner-of-war at Mosberg Prison Camp until April 1945.
Following World War II he was stationed in West Berlin, Germany. Hemingway married Byra L. "Puck" Whittlesey on June 25, 1949, in Paris, attended by Julia Child and Alice B. Toklas. The couple had three children: Joan "Muffet" Hemingway (born 1950), Margaux Louise Hemingway (1954—1996), an actress and model, and Mariel Hadley Hemingway (born 1961), an actress, entrepreneur and writer. Puck died in 1988. Margaux died of a barbiturate overdose at age 42.
He helped finish his father's autobiography, A Moveable Feast (1964)—his father's set of memoirs of his life in 1920s Paris—which was published three years after his father's death in 1961. Throughout his life, Jack Hemingway was an avid fly fisherman. He visited several of the world's best salmon rivers, such as the Norwegian Lærdalselva River. Hemingway also wrote an autobiography, Misadventures of a Fly Fisherman: My life with and without Papa.
He died on December 1, 2000, at age 77, after suffering complications of heart surgery in New York City.
-------------------- Author. An Idaho outdoorsman, writer and son of Ernest Hemingway. He is the father of actress Mariel Hemingway, actress-model Margaux (who died of a drug overdose in 1996), and an older daughter, Muffet. His early life was recounted in his father's" A Moveable Feast." The boy spent his toddler years in Parisian cafes frequented by writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tolkas, were his godparents and frequently baby-sat him. Hemingway recalled his relationship with his father in his 1986 memoir "The Misadventures of a Fly Fisherman: My Life With and Without Papa." He also wrote at least three other books on fishing. He was a decorated World War II veteran who spent six months in a German prisoner of war camp. In November 1944 he was shot in the arm and shoulder. (bio by: William Barritt)
John "Jack" Hadley Nicanor Hemingway's Timeline
October 10, 1923
Toronto, ON, Canada
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
February 16, 1955
Portland, OR, USA
December 1, 2000
New York, NY, USA
Ketchum, Blaine, Idaho, United States