Richard Boyle (journalist)

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Richard Boyle
Richard David Boyle

(1942-03-26)March 26, 1942
DiedSeptember 1, 2016(2016-09-01) (aged 74)
OccupationAuthor, photojournalist, journalist
Years active1965–2016
Known forWar zone reporter

Richard David Boyle (March 26, 1942 – September 1, 2016) was an American reporter, photojournalist and author best known for his video documentaries, Sir! No Sir! (2005) and Into the Valley of Death (2001), and reporting, photography and his 1972 book, Flower of the Dragon: The Breakdown of the U. S. Army in Vietnam: An Eyewitness Account of the Day-to-Day Environment of American Soldiers in Vietnam. He co-wrote the 1986 movie Salvador with Oliver Stone. He covered the revolution in Cambodia, "The Troubles" in Ireland and the civil war in Lebanon. In the Republic of Vietnam, he documented the resistance of U.S. troops against the war. Salvador was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Woods) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Stone and Boyle).[1] Boyle was played in Salvador by James Woods and the cast included Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy and John Savage. He taught journalism in Southern California colleges. He also ran as a gadfly for public office, including for Supervisor and City Treasurer in San Francisco, in 1977 and 1977, and for the 42nd District of the California State Assembly in 1988.[2] He died in the Philippines while covering the beginning of the reign of President Rodrigo Duterte.


  • Boyle, Richard (1972). Flower of the Dragon. San Francisco: Ramparts Press. ISBN 0878670203.


  1. ^ "The 59th Academy Awards 1987". Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  2. ^ Escaping the Shadow of the Silver Screen : ‘Salvador’ Portrayal Dogs Screenwriter in Bid for Assembly Seat, Los Angeles Times, Mike Ward, September 15, 1988. Retrieved September 21, 2019.