The Author

Daniel J. Patinkin is a Los Angeles-based writer, educator, and businessperson. He co-authored The Cripper: Cage Fighting and My Life On The Edge, which is the gritty autobiography of UFC legend Chris Leben. Released by Skyhorse Publishing in 2016, the book was roundly praised by critics, sports writers and readers alike.


Patinkin was born and raised in Chicago. His unique career has spanned the real estate, finance, entertainment, and education industries. He possesses a BA from Indiana University and an MFA from the University of Southern California.