Birth Name: Leonard Maltin
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Maltin has authored numerous mainstream books on the cinema, taking a largely celebratory approach and spelunking for the unjustly forgotten film gem rather than writing academic or analytical works. He has distinguished himself particularly for his work on such sadly neglected aspects of film history as animation (via the now-standard "Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons") and movie shorts ("The Great Movie Shorts", "The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang"). Among his other books, 1971's "Behind the Camera" was a study of film cinematographers, and his fondness for comedy led to his penning "The Great Movie Comedians", "Movie Comedy Teams" and "Carole Lomb...