|Born||John Ball, Jr.|
July 8, 1911
Schenectady, New York
|Died||October 15, 1988 (age 77) |
Jacques Morintell was a semi-professional magician in the 1930s, who also performed as "Howduzi".
He moved to Milwaukee as a child and after graduation from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, he joined Fortune magazine in 1937 and three years later became an assistant curator of the Hayden Planetarium.
As a writer best, Ball is best known for mystery novels involving the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs introduced in the 1965 "In the Heat of the Night" where he solves a murder in a racist Southern small town. It won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America and was made into an Oscar-winning film of the same name starring Sidney Poitier.
Ball died of colon cancer in Encino (California) Hospital. 
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