John Wayne once gave Spillane the gift of a 1956 Jaguar XK-40.
Spillane's detective hero, Mike Hammer, was partly modeled on his uncle who was a policeman.
Critic Anthony Boucher once remarked that Spillane's novel I, the Jury should be "required reading in a Gestapo training school."
Another of Spillane's heroes was superspy Tiger Mann who appeared in four novels.
Spillane's last Mike Hammer novel was Black Alley written in 1996.
Spillane won a Junior Literary Guild Award in 1980 for The Day the Sea Rolled Back, a novel for juveniles.
In 1995, the Mystery Writers of America presented Spillane with their Grand Master award.
Spillane once played the murder victim on an episode of Columbo entitled "Publish or Perish."
Spillane has four children from his marriage to first wife Mary Ann Pearce.
Spillane has been married three times: to Mary Ann Peace from 1945-62; to Sheri Malinou from 1964-83; and to Jane Johnson from 1983 to the present day.
Spillane briefly attended Fort Hays State College in Kansas. He was a member of the college's swim team.
Spillane's father was a bartender.
Many of Spillane's momentos from his writing career were destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Spillane is a Jehovah's Witness. He converted to the faith in 1952.
Spillane appeared in a series of commercials for Miller Lite beer in the late 70's and early 80's in which he parodied his tough guy image.
Spillane currently resides in the small village of Murrells Inlet, SC. He has lived there since 1953.
Novelist Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead) was a huge fan of Spillane's works.
Most literary critics derided Spillane's works as trash.
Spillane's second wife, Shari Malinou, posed nude for the cover of his 1972 novel The Erection Set.
Violence and sexual situations were trademarks of Spillane's novels.
Spillane's first novel was I, the Jury, published in 1947.
At one time, Spillane had seven titles among the ten best-selling books of the 20th century.
Spillane served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Spillane grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey after moving there from Brooklyn as a young man.
Spillane: If the public likes you, you're good.
Spillane: I pay no attention to those jerks who think they're critics.
Spillane: I don't give a hoot about reading reviews. What I want to read is the royalty check.
Spillane: I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friend.
Spillane: I'm actually a softie. Tough guys get killed too early.
Spillane (about mystery novels): The first page sells that book. The last page sells the next book.
Spillane: I'm a commercial writer not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book.
Spillane: Those big shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar.