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J. D. Salinger Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

J. D. Salinger Quick Info
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 82 kg
Date of Birth January 1, 1919
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Date of Death January 27, 2010

J. D. Salinger was an American author who became immortalized in the literary world for writing The Catcher in the Rye (1951), a book considered to be among the best English-language novels of the 20th century.

Born Name

Jerome David Salinger

Nick Name

J. D., Sonny

J. D. Salinger as seen in 1950
J. D. Salinger as seen in 1950 (Lotte Jacobi / Wikimedia / Public Domain)


He was born on January 1, 1919.


He passed away from natural causes on January 27, 2010, in Cornish, New Hampshire at the age of 91.

Sun Sign


Born Place

New York City, New York, United States







  • Father – Solomon Salinger
  • Mother – Marie Jillich
  • Siblings – Doris Salinger (Older Sister)

Net Worth

At the time of his death, Salinger’s net worth was $20 million according to




6 ft 2 in or 188 cm


82 kg or 181 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

J. D. Salinger had dated –

  1. Oona O’Neill (1941)
  2. Sylvia Welter (1945-1947) – His first marriage with Sylvia Welter lasted from October 18, 1945, until their divorce in 1947.
  3. Nancy Clark Reynolds
  4. Claire Douglas (1955-1967) – Salinger wed Claire Douglas on February 17, 1955. The couple welcomed daughter Margaret ‘Peggy’ Salinger (b. December 10, 1955) and son Matthew ‘Matt’ Salinger (b. February 13, 1960) together. But, they ended their tumultuous marriage in 1967.
  5. Joyce Maynard (1972)
  6. Elaine Joyce (1981-1982)
  7. Colleen O’Neill (1988-2010) – He was married to Colleen O’Neill, a nurse and quiltmaker, from 1988 until his death in 2010.
J. D. Salinger seen on the cover of Time Magazine in 1961
J. D. Salinger seen on the cover of Time Magazine in 1961 (Time Inc. / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Race / Ethnicity


He had Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry on his father’s side and was of Irish, German, English, and Scottish descent on his mother’s side.

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Distinctive Features

  • Reclusive personality
  • Widow’s peak
  • Mole on his cheek
American author and writer J. D. Salinger
American author and writer J. D. Salinger (Outlawpoets / Instagram)

J. D. Salinger Facts

  1. He served in the United States Army’s counter-intelligence division during World War II and suffered from PTSD upon his return.
  2. Some popular film characters like Terence Mann (played by James Earl Jones) in Field of Dreams (1989) and William Forrester (played by Sean Connery) in Finding Forrester (2000) were based on Salinger.
  3. He was a fan of the legendary writer, Ernest Hemingway.
  4. Mark David Chapman, who killed musician John Lennon was found to be reading Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye at the crime scene when he was arrested by the police on December 8, 1980.

Featured Image by Lotte Jacobi / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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