Bret Easton Ellis

Novelist
A major figure on the literary scene in the 1980s and 1990s, Bret Easton Ellis combined the blas attitude of the wealthy and privileged with moments of astonishing violence and surrealism in his novels Less Than ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (9)

American Psycho II: All American Girl 2014 (Movie)

("American Psycho") (Source Material (from novel))

The Curse of Downers Grove 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Canyons 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Informers 2009 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Informers") (Source Material)

The Informers 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

("The Rules of Attraction") (Source Material (from novel))

American Psycho 2000 (Movie)

(Novel: AMERICAN PSYCHO) (Source Material)

Less Than Zero 1987 (Movie)

("Less Than Zero") (Source Material (from novel))

Less Than Zero 1987 (Movie)

(Novel: LESS THAN ZERO) (Source Material)
Actor (2)

Central Park West 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Informers 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A major figure on the literary scene in the 1980s and 1990s, Bret Easton Ellis combined the blasé attitude of the wealthy and privileged with moments of astonishing violence and surrealism in his novels Less Than Zero, American Psycho and The Rules of Attraction. His own troubled childhood informed his literary outlook, in which his damaged protagonists endured the travails of everyday life through copious amounts of drugs and sex, only to discover that neither could cure their existential crises. Less Than Zero made him a critical darling, while the gory American Psycho turned many against him with its depiction of extraordinary violence against women. Loved and hated with equal fervor, Ellis' ability to spin a readable and thought-provoking story kept his work flying off the shelves, with fans always anxious for more offerings for over two decades.

Relationships

Dale Ellis Thanks

Mother

Robert Ellis

Father
Character of Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) based on him Divorced from Bret's mother 1982 Died 1992

Michael Kaplan

Companion
Together for for six years Died January 2004 at age 30

EDUCATION

The Buckley School

Sherman Oaks , California

Bennington College

Bennington , Vermont 1986
Disguised as Camden College in all of his novels

Milestones

2013

Wrote indie thriller "The Canyons," directed by Paul Schrader, and starring Lindsay Lohan and adult film actor James Deen

2010

Wrote a sequel to bestselling novel Less Than Zero titled Imperial Bedrooms

2009

Co-wrote film adaptation of his collection of short stories "The Informers," directed by Gregor Jordan

2005

Wrote novel Lunar Park

2002

Film adaptation of novel "The Rules of Attraction" directed by Roger Avary, and starred James Van Der Beek and Shannyn Sossamon

2000

Featured in "This Is Not an Exit: The Fictional World of Bret Easton Ellis," a documentary on his life as well as dramatizations of scenes from his books

2000

"American Psycho" film adaptation directed by Mary Harron and starred Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman

1998

Published fourth novel Glamorama

1994

Released collection of short stories The Informers

1991

Wrote controversial third novel American Psycho

1987

Film adaptation of novel "Less Than Zero" directed by Marek Kanievska, and starred Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., and Jami Gertz

1987

Published second novel The Rules of Attraction

1987

Moved to New York City

1985

Published debut novel Less Than Zero

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