John O’Brien (May 21, 1960 – April 10, 1994) was an American author. His first novel Leaving Las Vegas was published in 1990 by Watermark Press and made into a film of the same name in 1995.
O’Brien was born in Oxford, Ohio, where his parents, Bill and Judy O’Brien, were both students at Miami University. He was the brother of writer Erin O’Brien. John grew up in Brecksville and Lakewood, Ohio, and graduated from Lakewood High School in 1978. He married Lisa Kirkwood in 1979; and the couple moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1982. His first novel, Leaving Las Vegas, is dedicated to her.
Through a friend of his ex-wife, O’Brien got a gig writing Episode 37 of the animated series Rugrats, “Toys in the Attic”, which premiered in 1992 under his only known pseudonym, Carroll Mine. According to his sister, Erin, he was unhappy with editorial changes made to his script.
O’Brien committed suicide by gunshot two weeks after learning that his novel, Leaving Las Vegas, was… read more