Mr. Copacabana is the outrageous life story of Monte Proser, creator and operator of the famous Copacabana nightclub in New York City. Monte’s life story is a sweeping epic of the early 20th century through the eyes of one of the most colorful characters in American history. Because he was the involuntary partner of a series of the most powerful gangsters of the era, Monte's story is also a keyhole view of the struggle between crime and conscience in America. It is a history of America by night.
Award-winning novelist Jim Proser grew up as the fourth of five sons of nightclub impresario Monte Proser and film actress Jane Ball in New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Jim began his professional writing career at age 15 as a city reporter for the Lambertville (NJ) Beacon newspaper and as a regional photojournalist for the Bucks County Courier Times. He went on as a journalist to write interviews of business leaders for the Investor’s Business Daily. He has written screenplays for film and television producers including 20th Century Fox Television, Showtime Networks and numerous independent producers.
He has written, produced, directed or was assistant/associate director/stage manager on hundreds of stage, television and film projects including the Bucks County Playhouse – 1967/1968 season, Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon – 1983/1984/1985, The Park is Mine – HBO feature film, Mother’s Day – feature film, Tallix – documentary, We Open in New Haven – documentary, Northstar Properties – industrial TV series, EnergyLine – TV series pilot, Laugh a Minute – TV series pilot, See It and Say It – educational TV series, Chicago Hope – CBS TV series, Comic Book Project – Showtime Networks TV series, numerous rap videos including Christmas in Hollis Queens – (Run DMC), My Philosophy – (KRS One), What I Said – (LL Cool J) and hundreds of television commercials.
His first novel, “I’m Staying with My Boys; The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC” was published by St. Martin’s Press and awarded the United States Marine Corps Commandant’s Recommendation in 2011. It was used as source material for the HBO television series, The Pacific, and the subsequent documentary film written and directed by Mr. Proser. The book and documentary have also served as the source material for speaking engagements to the United States Naval Institute in Washington DC, the University of Northern Idaho Writer’s Symposium, Bowdoin College Advanced Literature Studies, the Coeur D’Alene Charter Academy and numerous civic organizations and secondary schools.
His second novel, Mr. Copacabana, the biography of his father, creator of the iconic Copacabana nightclub, has been optioned for production as a television series in 2017 and is also in development as a stage musical.
Mr. Proser lives in Sarasota, FL and spends his days working on his third novel, Monte and the Assassins, and writing inflammatory political posts for his blog at jimproser.com.