Eddie Thompkins III grew up in Hyde Park, on the south side of Chicago, Illinois in the mid 1960s. In 2000 he retired from the United States Marine Corps and relocated to England where he currently resides. His father was the late Dr. Rev. Eddie Thompkins Jr, and his mother, Brenda, was an accountant for the city. Eddie has one son, Eddie IV, who is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. Eddie is an accomplished novelist having penned two No. 1 best sellers, The Seduction of Monet Dawson and its sequel The Crossover.
Eddie credits his success to having two loving parents and adopting the rigorous discipline he learned from the Marine Corps. His motto is “Believe it into Existence”. He has a special appreciation for the late Stan Lee, the legendary creator of Marvel comics. Eddie is quick to point out the Stan Lee could have given the Black Panther any super power of choice, brute strength, evasiveness, or a utility belt with an array of gimmicks. But Mr. Lee with great thought gave the Black Panther the gift of superior intellect and great wealth. Eddie was also equally impressed by the late Chadwick Boseman who brilliantly embodied a real life super hero.
The transition from author to filmmaker was a natural progression. He believes no one could ever replicate the true passion of a story as its creator. Life doesn’t at 50, it begins everyday you wake up.