It tells the story of small-time pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson and his desire to break into the "major league" of professional hustling and high-stakes wagering by high-rollers that follows it. He throws his raw talent and...
Parker, who has died of a heart attack aged 69 while making an appearance at the US Classic Billiards Eight-Ball Showdown near Brownsville, Texas, made his living playing his best. Born in Springfield, Missouri, he began shooting pool in Kansas City aged nine, and by the time he was in high-school he had already earned the nickname "Fast Eddie". He was taken under the wing of six-time world champion Benny Allen. But his hustling edge was apparent early. Parker, already married to his wife Peggy, and needing money, noticed Mosconi left a cigarette burning before beginning each rack. After serving in the navy, where he won the California championships, his only competitive titles, Parker began playing for money. He drifted to Louisville, Kentucky, where he befriended a young man working his way through college in the famed Bensingers Pool Hall.
It was viewed as little more than something men did to amuse themselves while drinking.
Sign in. Fast Eddie:
There are only a handful of movie characters so real that the audience refers to them as touchstones. Fast Eddie Felson is one of them. The pool shark played by Paul Newman in "The Hustler" is indelible--given weight because the film is not about his victory in the final pool game, but about his defeat by pool, by life, and by his lack of character.
When it was first published in , The Hustler was the first--and the best--novel written about billiards in the year history of the game. The book quickly won a respected readership and later an audience for the movie with the same name starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.
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