Wayne Gretzky is helping 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 in amateur golf in the 1950s and 1960s and is considered by many to be the greatest playing forward in the history of the sport.
A movie based on his life is slated to start shooting next summer.
Gretzky, who is co-producing the film for David Carver Films with his wife Janet, comedian David Steinberg and film executive Robyn Todd, said that Norman was a great friend to his late father Walter.
“(Walter) consistently shares incredible stories about this larger-than-life character,” said Gretzky. “Moe’s true brilliance and simple philosophies are often overlooked by his colorful, sometimes ragged clothes, worn shoes and visor, repetitive speech, and eccentric behavior. he. His story is testament to one of life’s great lessons: be true to yourself.”
Lee Trevino once called the unconventional Norman a “golf genius,” but the Canadians’ extreme shyness and inability — or unwillingness — to mingle with the pros kept him away from his big bucks. game.
Instead, the Kitchener-born golfer lived by word of mouth as an unknown legend, playing and winning smaller tournaments. Norman is sometimes seen sleeping in his car or in bunkers at the playgrounds where he plays.
This Canadian Press report was first published on December 3, 2021.