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 New York Times bestseller list. Enthralled with the mysteries of ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1931 in Aurora, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (1)

Raise the Titanic 1980 (Movie)

("Raise the Titanic") (Source Material (from novel))
Actor (1)

Raise the Hunley 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

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 New York Times 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 Raise the Titanic! 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 Crescent Dawn

2006

Published first children's book The Adventures of Vin Fiz

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 The Sea Hunters: True Adventures With Famous Shipwrecks

1983

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

1980

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

1975

Published second Dirk Pitt novel Iceberg

1973

Introduced primary protagonist, renowned adventurer Dirk Pitt in The Mediterranean Caper

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

Enlisted in U.S. Air Force during Korean War

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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