the brilliant flesh-eating psychopath, Hannibal Lecter. Famously reclusive, the publicity-shy Harris is reportedly (and thankfully) far different from his signature character, who made his first appea...
Jackson, Tennessee, USA
|Crisis: Urban Education (1988-1989)||Segment Associate Producer||associate segment producer("The Education Factory") ("The Disengaged")||1988||3000008|
|Hannibal (2011-2013)||Source Material||(Characters)||2011||4000005|
|The Silence of the Lambs||Source Material (from novel)||n/a||4000006|
|Manhunter||Source Material (from novel)||("Red Dragon")||4000006|
|Red Dragon||Source Material (from novel)||("Red Dragon")||4000006|
|Black Sunday||Source Material (from novel)||("Black Sunday")||4000008|
|Hannibal||Source Material (from novel)||("Hannibal")||4000009|
|Second Lecter novel, The Silence of the Lambs, published|
|Hannibal Rising published|
|Debut novel, Black Sunday, published|
|Red Dragon released|
|Ridley Scott's "Hannibal" debuted|
|Feature film debut of "The Silence of the Lambs"|
|Red Dragon adapted into Michael Mann's "Manhunter"|
|Film adaptation of Black Sunday premiered|
|"Hannibal Rising" movie premiered|
|"Hannibal" TV series debuted on NBC|
Born in Tennessee and raised in Mississippi, Harris was a quiet youth and went on to study English literature while attending college at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. As a journalist for the local paper, he had his first encounters with crime scenes and continued to work as a reporter until his debut novel, Black Sunday, was published. The book, which featured a suicidal Vietnam vet eager to sabotage the Super Bowl, met with a decent reception upon its 1975 release, but it gained a more prominent second life when it became the basis for the John Frankenheimer feature thriller of the same name, starring Bruce Dern and Robert Shaw. In 1981, Harris unveiled Red Dragon, which follows high-strung FBI profiler Will Graham as he tracks down a murderer, using the help of incarcerated serial killer Hannibal Lecter. The Hollywood adaptation arrived five years later as "Manhunter," with William Petersen as Graham and Brian Cox as his jailed and unlikely ally. Though the film was largely overlooked during its theatrical run, it later gained a cult following. Harris' The Silence of the Lambs followed in 1988, introducing readers to intuitive FBI agent Clarice Starling and pushing Lecter to the fore as he aids in her hunt for the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill.
In 1991, Jonathan Demme's movie adaptation hit the screens, with Jodie Foster as Starling and Anthony Hopkins as Lecter. The moody film was a massive hit, won Five Academy Awards and gained status as one of the all-time best cinematic thrillers. Despite his lack of direct involvement, the production was a feather in Harris' cap, especially in Hopkins' riveting portrayal of Lecter and its overall enduring influence. In no hurry to pen a Lambs sequel, Harris didn't resurface with Hannibal until 1999, with the highly anticipated book an instant literary blockbuster, despite what many readers considered to be a controversial ending. Ridley Scott's fittingly dark and disturbing movie adaptation followed less than two years later, with Hopkins returning as Lecter and Julianne Moore taking over the Starling role.
|Harris last gave an interview in 1976.|
|Harris has only been directly involved in one Hannibal Lecter film, "Hannibal Rising," which featured his own screenplay.|
|All of Harris' novels have been made into movies.|
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