Edward Heward Bunker was an American author of crime fiction, a screenwriter, convicted felon and an actor. He wrote numerous books, some of which have been adapted into films. He was a screenwriter on Straight Time, Runaway Train and Animal Factory, as well as acting in those three films. He also played a minor role in Reservoir Dogs. He started on a criminal career at the very early age of five, and continued on this path throughout the years, returning to prison again and again.