John DiLeo's first book was AND YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW CLASSIC MOVIES (St. Martin's, 1999), hailed by Pauline Kael as "the smartest movie quiz book I've ever seen."
His second book was 100 GREAT FILM PERFORMANCES YOU SHOULD REMEMBER BUT PROBABLY DON'T (Limelight Editions, 2002), which Adolph Green called "a valuable and touching work." Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne said, in the Hollywood Reporter, that the book "delightfully throws the spotlight on some remarkable film work," and the Washington Post's reaction was, "Not only is this helpful criticism, but 100 GREAT FILM PERFORMANCES can serve as balm for anyone who has ever been disgruntled by the Academy's choices on Oscar night."
John has been a contributing book reviewer for the Washington Post's Book World and currently writes DVD and film-book reviews in three monthly columns, appearing in Milford Magazine (PA), Allegany Magazine (MD), and Central Voice (Harrisburg, PA). He frequently hosts classic-film series, appears on radio programs, conducts film-history seminars, and has been an annual participant in the Black Bear Film Festival in the Poconos where he interviewed Farley Granger (2005), Arlene Dahl (2006), and Marge Champion (2010) on the festival's stage.
Born in Brooklyn in 1961 and raised on Long Island, John graduated from Ithaca College in 1982 with a B.F.A.
His third book, SCREEN SAVERS: 40 REMARKABLE MOVIES AWAITING REDISCOVERY, was published by the Hansen Publishing Group in November, 2007.
And his fourth book, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS AND COMPANY: HIS ESSENTIAL SCREEN ACTORS, was published in the fall of 2010.
Book number five, SCREEN SAVERS II: MY GRAB BAG OF CLASSIC MOVIES, was published on May 1st, 2012.
In June of 2013, my 1999 quiz book, AND YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW CLASSIC MOVIES, was reissued (and slightly revised) in a new print edition, also making its debut as an e-book.