The former Los Angeles home of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, a World War II prisoner of war and Olympic distance runner whose life inspired the Angelina Jolie-directed 2014 movie “Unbroken,” hit the market last week for $3.75 million.
Zamperini lived in the Hollywood Hills home for over 40 years, according to the listing with broker Mina Mullinax, who did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Mansion Global could not independently verify when Zamperini purchased the home or how much he paid for it.
The gated English Tudor-style house was built in 1922 and has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a dining room paneled by Zamperini, the listing said. Also inside the 3,500-square-foot spread is a living room with high ceilings and an original fireplace, a reading room and double master suites.
Zamperini died in 2014 at age 97. His family trust sold the property in 2015 for $2.19 million, property records show, to an LLC.
In 1936, at the Berlin summer Olympics in Nazi Germany, Zamperini ran the 5,000-meter race and placed eighth. In 1943, after joining the United States Army Air Corps, Zamperini’s plane crashed into the ocean, killing eight of the 11 men aboard. Two of the three survivors, including Zamperini, survived 47 days at sea, before reaching land in the Marshall Islands, where they were captured by the Japanese Navy and held in a prisoner-of-war camp until the end of the war.
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