Remembering William Peter Blatty – “The Exorcist” Writer and USAF Veteran

William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty  is best known for his novel: The Exorcist (1971)

William Peter Blatty (January 7, 1928 – January 12, 2017) is best known for his novel: The Exorcist (1971).  Blatty is an American writer and filmmaker who not only wrote the The Exorcist, but also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation (which won him an Oscar) but also wrote and direct the sequel, The Exorcist III.

Blatty’s later novels include Elsewhere (2009), Dimiter (2010), and Crazy (2010).

While William Peter Blatty is well-known for The Exorcist… did you know he also proudly served in the United States Air Force (Psychological Warfare Division) from 1951 to 1954? 

Blatty is another in another in a long list of Famous Veterans who are unique in the fact that they all wore a military uniform at one time or another in their lives!

Blatty passed away on January 12th, 2017 at the age of 89.


Famous Veterans: these public figures (actors, directors, musicians, artists, singers, athletes, politicians) all served in the United States Armed Forces. Another reason to love your favorite celebrity: FamousVeterans!