Prolific writer and journalist George Plimpton, who authored Paper Lion and was one of the founders of The Paris Review, has died. He was 76.

Plimpton died on Thursday night at his apartment in Manhattan. Plimpton helped found the highly respected quarterly The Paris Review in 1953.

The magazine was known for publishing the work of emerging authors, including Philip Roth and Jack Kerouac.

In Paper Lion he wrote about his time training with the Detroit Lions football team in 1963.

He also boxed with Archie Moore, pitched to Willie Mays and performed as a trapeze artist for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus.

He acted in numerous films, including Reds and Good Will Hunting. He also appeared in the award winning documentary, When We Were Kings, the story of the boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.