George Plimpton was the editor of The Paris Review from its founding in 1953 until his death in 2003. A graduate of Harvard University and King’s College, Cambridge, Plimpton was recruited to Paris by Peter Matthiessen in 1952 and signed on to the project shortly thereafter. Plimpton was also known for his forays into the world of professional athletics as the forerunner of a style that would come to be known as participatory journalism. Plimpton authored more than fifteen books, including Out of My League (1961), Paper Lion (1966), and The Bogey Man (1968). He also appeared in more than thirty films, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Rio Robo, and Good Will Hunting (1997). Plimpton was made an officier of L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a chevalier of the Legion d’honneur, and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.