Michael Ondaatje Age, Affairs, Wife, Books, Family, Biography & More

Michael Ondaatje

Full NamePhilip Michael Ondaatje
Profession(s)Poet, Fiction Writer, Essayist, Novelist, Editor, Filmmaker
Famous ForHis Novel- The English Patient
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 172 cm
in meters- 1.72 m
in feet inches- 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Eye ColourHazel Blue
Hair ColourGrey
Personal Life
Date of Birth12 September 1943
Age (as in 2017)74 Years
BirthplaceColombo, Ceylon (now, Sri Lanka)
Zodiac sign/Sun signVirgo
Signature/AutographMichael Ondaatje Autograph
NationalityCanadian, Sri-Lankan
HometownMontreal, Quebec, Canada
SchoolDulwich College
St. Thomas’s College
College/UniversitiesUniversity of Toronto
Queen's University
Bishop's University
Educational Qualification(s)B. A. in English from the University of Toronto in 1965
M.A. from Queen’s University in 1967
ReligionNot Known
HobbiesReading, Writing
Awards, Honours1965: Ralph Gustafson Award
1966: Epstein Award, E. J. Pratt Medal
1967: President's Medal
1971: Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction (Canada)
1980: Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction (Canada)
1992: Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction (Canada), Booker Prize for Fiction
2000: Giller Prize (Canada), Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction (Canada), Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Prix Médicis (France)
2007: Man Booker International Prize (nominee), Scotiabank Giller Prize
2008: Commonwealth Writers Prize (Caribbean and Canada Region, Best Book)
2018: Honoured with Golden Man Booker Prize
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsKim Jones
Linda Spalding
Marriage DateYear- 1964 (with First Wife)
Wife/SpouseFirst Wife: Kim Ondaatje
Second Wife: Linda Spalding (A Novelist and Academician)
Children2 (Names Not Known) (with First Wife)
ParentsFather- Mervyn Ondaatje
Mother- Doris Gratiaen
Michael Ondaatje's Parents
SiblingsBrother- Christopher Ondaatje (Philanthropist, Businessman, Author)
Sister- Gillian Ondaatje
Favourite Things
Favourite Book(s)Italo Calvino- The Baron in the Trees; William Maxwell- So Long, See You Tomorrow; Walter Tevis- The Queen’s Gambit; J.L. Carr- A Month in the Country; Rafael Sabatini- Scaramouche
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)Not Known

Michael Ondaatje


Some Lesser Known Facts About Michael Ondaatje

  • Does Michael Ondaatje smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Michael Ondaatje drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • His parents got separated when he was just an infant. Michael Ondaatje As A Child
  • Until the age of 11, his upbringing was done by his relatives, after which he went to his mother in England.
  • In 1962, he relocated to Montreal, Quebec where he pursued his schooling. Michael Ondaatje In His School
  • While pursuing his undergraduate course at Bishop’s University, he was interested in writing poetry, and he was once praised for his poetic ability by his future mentor, the poet D.G Jones. Michael Ondaatje In His Younger Days
  • After his studies, at the age of 24, he began teaching English at the University of Western Ontario, London.
  • Soon, he left this position because he was pressurised there to do PhD and shifted to Glendon College, York University as an English literature teacher.
  • His first collection of outstanding poetry titled “The Dainty Monsters” was published in 1967. Michael Ondaatje's First Poetry Collection The Dainty Monsters
  • He rose to prominence after his novel- “Coming Through Slaughter” was printed in 1976, which opened the doors of success for him. Michael Ondaatje's Book Coming Through Slaughter
  • In his 1982 memoir titled “Running in the Family,” he expressed his unusual struggles of childhood. His book was critically acclaimed by the readers. Michael Ondaatje Child Memoir Running in the Family
  • In 1962, he met his first love, Kim Jones and tied the knot with her two years later. Unfortunately, the couple broke up later and  Ondaatje released a collection named Secular Love in 1984, which described the breakup of his marriage.
  • His notable work “The English Patient” is one of his notable works and he told that he spent six years in writing this book, out of which the last two years were spent creating the entire structure. Michael Ondaatje Novel The English Patient
  • Apart from writing poetry and novels, he is also a filmmaker and has created 3 documentary films in the 1970s- The Clinton Special: Sons of Captain Poetry (1970), A Film about the Farm Show (1974), and Carry On Crime and Punishment (1970).
  • In 2018, he was honoured with the Man Booker Prize for his trailblazing work in the fiction from the last five decades.