Clive Cussler

While not a household name like Stephen King or Michael Crichton, of adventure novelist Clive Cussler's dozens of books, nearly 20 appeared on the iNew York Times/i bestseller list. Enthralled with the mysteries of the ... Read more »
Born: 07/15/1931 in Aurora, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (1)

Raise the Hunley 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Raise the Titanic 1980 (Movie)

("Raise the Titanic") (Source Material (from novel))

Biography

While not a household name like Stephen King or Michael Crichton, of adventure novelist Clive Cussler's dozens of books, nearly 20 appeared on the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller list. Enthralled with the mysteries of the sea and an avid scuba diver since his days in the U.S. Air Force, Cussler began writing fiction while working at a Los Angeles advertising agency and incorporated his oceanic interests into the fictional sea-faring explorer Dirk Pitt and his organization, the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). Although the sales of his first two novels were unexceptional, an improvement in style and a central plot that captured the imagination made 1976's <i>Raise the Titanic!</i> a massive bestseller. One of the most prolific writers of his day, Cussler continued to deliver one Pitt adventure after the other, although a critically and commercially disastrous adaptation of "Raise the Titanic" (1980) soured the author on Hollywood for nearly a quarter century, until an equally disappointing adaptation of his book "Sahara" (2005) cemented his low-opinion of the movie business. Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, Cussler created a real-life NUMA in the form of a non-profit organization through which he could mount his own shipwreck expeditions and later turned the Pitt novels into a family business by recruiting his son Dirk as a co-writer on the books in the mid-2000s. With a tireless work ethic and a proven recipe for success, Cussler remained a literary force well into the new millennium.

Milestones

2010

Wrote 21st novel in Dirk Pitt series <i>Crescent Dawn</i>

2006

Published first children's book <i>The Adventures of Vin Fiz</i>

2005

Adventure film "Sahara," starring Matthew McConaughey (as Dirk Pitt) and Penélope Cruz, adapted from 1992 novel of same name

1996

Published first nonfiction work <i>The Sea Hunters: True Adventures With Famous Shipwrecks</i>

1983

Adventure novel <i>Pacific Vortex!</i> released; also revealed this was first story he wrote featuring Dirk Pitt

1980

Third Dirk Pitt novel <i>Raise the Titanic!</i> (1976) adapted into feature film starring Jason Robards; made cameo as a bearded reporter

1975

Published second Dirk Pitt novel <i>Iceberg</i>

1973

Introduced primary protagonist, renowned adventurer Dirk Pitt in <i>The Mediterranean Caper</i>

Enlisted in U.S. Air Force during Korean War

Worked in advertising industry, first as a copywriter and later as a creative director for two successful national agencies

Bonus Trivia

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Cussler was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997 by the Board of Governors of the State University of New York Maritime College.

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