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 is a contributing book reviewer for the Washington Post. He is also a weekly regular on the Arlene Bynon radio show in Toronto (on SiriusXM). John frequently hosts classic-film series, appears on assorted radio programs, conducts film-history seminars, and has been an annual participant in the Black Bear Film Festival in the Poconos where he has interviewed Farley Granger (2005), Arlene Dahl (2006), Marge Champion (2010), Keir Dullea (2014), and Jane Powell (2015) 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.
In the fall of 2017 comes the publication of my latest book: TEN MOVIES AT A TIME: A 350-FILM JOURNEY THROUGH HOLLYWOOD AND AMERICA 1930-1970.