TORONTO – Wayne Gretzky helps bring the life of Canadian golf legend Moe Norman to the big screen.
Norman, who died in 2004 at the age of 75, was a phenomenon on the amateur golf circuit in the 1950s and 1960s and is considered by many to be the greatest ball striker in the sport’s history.
A film based on his life is expected to begin shooting next summer.
Gretzky, who co-produced for David Carver Films with his wife Janet, comedian David Steinberg and film executive Robyn Todd, said Norman was a good friend of his late father, Walter.
“(Walter) continues to share this incredible story about this larger-than-life character,” Gretzky said in the release. “Moe’s true brilliance and simple life philosophy are often overlooked by her colorful, sometimes tattered clothing, worn-out shoes and eye protection, repetitive speech, and eccentric demeanor. Her story exemplifies one of life’s great lessons: be true to yourself.”
Lee Trevino once called the unconventional Norman a “genius when it comes to golfing,” but Canadians’ extraordinary shyness and inability — or reluctance — to fit in with the pros kept him away from the game’s big money.
In contrast, the Kitchener-born golfer lived by word of mouth as an unknown legend, playing and winning smaller tournaments. Sometimes Norman is found sleeping in his car or in a sand trap on the field he is playing.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 3, 2021.
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