Jimmy Breslin (born October 17, 1930 in Jamaica, New York) is an Irish American columnist and author who has written numerous novels and appeared regularly in various newspapers in New York City, where he lives. On November 2, 2004 he retired as a regular columnist from Newsday but stated his intention to continue writing. In his final Newsday column, Breslin incorrectly predicted a Kerry victory in the 2004 election.
In 1969, he ran unsuccessfully as an independent for New York City Council President allied with writer Norman Mailer running for Mayor, with the agenda of New York City secession as the 51st state.
According to director William Friedkin, Breslin was originally hired to play "Popeye" Doyle in the 1971 film The French Connection, and completed three weeks of rehearsals with co-star Roy Scheider before Friedkin decided to recast the role.
He won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
In 1977, The Son of Sam killer, David Berkowitz, addressed a letter to Breslin at the height of the Son of Sam scare in New York City.
Among his notable columns, perhaps the best known was published the day after John F. Kennedy's funeral, focusing on the man who had dug the President's grave. The column was indicative of Breslin's style, which often highlights how major events or the actions of those considered "newsworthy" affect the "common man."
Breslin is married to Ronnie Eldridge. His daughter Rosemary passed away June 14, 2004 from a rare blood disease.