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"The Soloist" premeire held in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, who is portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. in the motion picture biographical drama "The Soloist", attends the premiere of the film with his wife Alison on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles on April 20, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Steven M. Lopez (born 1953) is an American journalist who has been a columnist for the Los Angeles Times since 2001.

Lopez attended San Jose State University. He has been on staff at Time Inc. and written for Time, Life, Entertainment Weekly and Sports Illustrated. In addition, he was on staff at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Jose Mercury News and the Oakland Tribune.

Lopez's series of columns about his unlikely relationship with schizophrenic cello virtuoso Nathaniel Anthony Ayers inspired the film The Soloist, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as Lopez. Lopez has written a definitive film tie-in non-fiction work, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music. Lopez has also written several novels. He was interviewed in the 2007 documentary Skid Row.

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