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Producer , screenwriter , writer , Film director

Dennis Lehane is an American producer, screenwriter, film director, and writer. He has published more than a dozen novels; the first several were a series of mysteries featuring a couple of protagonists and other recurring characters, including A Drink Before the War. Of these, his fourth, Gone, Baby, Gone, was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name.


Dennis Lehane was born on August 4, 1965 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Michael and Ann Lehane. He is the youngest of five children. Dennis has a brother, Gerry Lehane, who is two and a half years older.


Lehane graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in 1988. Later, he gained his Master in Creative Writing from Florida International University, Miami, in 1993.Then he received a Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary) from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2005.


He was a therapeutic counselor for mentally handicapped, emotionally disturbed children from 1986 to 1991. From 1991 until 1993 Lehane worked at Florida International University, Miami as an instructor in English. Later he was a chauffeur at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Boston, MA, in 1993-1995. Since 1995 he has been a novelist in Brighton, MA.


  • Lehane received Shamus Award for best first novel in 1994 for "A Drink before the War".



His political views are described as "relatively apolitical".


  • Other Interests

    Directing films


Lehane married Sheila Lawn, formerly an advocate for the elderly for the city of Boston but by 2007 working with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney. They divorced. Lehane is currently married to Dr. Angela Bernardo, with whom he has one daughter.

Michael Lehane - foreman

Ann Lehane

first spouse:
Sheila Lawn

second spouse:
Angela Bernardo

Gerry Lehane

His brother, Gerry Lehane, who is two and a half years older than Dennis, trained at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence and became an actor in New York in 1990. Gerry is a member of the Invisible City Theatre Company.