James Patterson

James Patterson was one of the most ambitious, prolific and commercially successful novelists of his day. For more than two decades, Patterson cultivated an enormously successful career in advertising while he pursued ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1947 in Newburgh, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (8)

Zoo 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Alex Cross 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Warrior's Heart 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Women's Murder Club 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

James Patterson's First to Die 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Maximum Ride (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sundays at Tiffany's (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (6)

Alex Cross 2012 (Movie)

(from novel: "Cross") (Source Material)

Along Came A Spider 2001 (Movie)

("Along Came a Spider") (Source Material (from novel))

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

("Kiss the Girls") (Source Material (from novel))

Child of Darkness, Child of Light (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Maximum Ride (Movie)

(Book Author)

Miracle on the 17th Green (TV Show)

Book as Source Material
Actor (3)

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill A Mockingbird 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Castle 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

James Patterson was one of the most ambitious, prolific and commercially successful novelists of his day. For more than two decades, Patterson cultivated an enormously successful career in advertising while he pursued his passion for writing in his spare time. His debut novel, 1976's The Thomas Berryman Number earned him an Edgar Award, but little in the way of sales. After a number of undistinguished follow-ups in a variety of genres, Patterson hit pay dirt with the first of his long-running series of thrillers featuring psychologist-detective Alex Cross in 1993's Along Came a Spider. Massive bestsellers, the series soon begat film adaptations of "Kiss the Girls" (1997) and "Along Came a Spider" (2001) starring Morgan Freeman as Cross. Equally successful forays into literary genres like romance and female-centric thrillers were adapted into such television offerings as "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" (CBS, 2005) and "Women's Murder Club" (ABC, 2007-08). By the mid-2000s Patterson was annually selling more books than Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined. Additionally, the author broke into the Young Adult book market with such best-sellers as Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment and Witch & Wizard, each of which kicked off franchises of their own. While producing as many as 10 novels per year, Patterson's main protagonist was next portrayed on screen by Tyler Perry in the action-thriller "Alex Cross" (2012). As much a corporate brand as an author, Patterson's influence on the publishing industry and the reading habits of America could not be overstated.

EDUCATION

Manhattan College

Riverdale , New York
Majored in English; graduated summa cum laude

Vanderbilt University

Nashville , Tennessee
English; graduated summa cum laude

Milestones

2012

Twelfth novel in series Cross (2006) adapted into feature film "Alex Cross" with Tyler Perry in title role

2009

Signed deal to write or co-write 11 books for adults and six for young adults

2007

Credited for creating characters on "Women's Murder Club" (ABC), based on his novel series

2005

Founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards

2001

Freeman reprised Alex Cross for big screen adaptation of "Along Came a Spider"

1997

Feature adaptation of "Kiss the Girls" starred Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman (as detective Alex Cross)

1996

Retired from advertising to focus on writing full time

1995

Released second Alex Cross novel Kiss the Girls

1993

Introduced forensic psychologist character Alex Cross in Along Came a Spider

1991

Fourth novel Virgin (1980) adapted into USA Network movie "Child of Darkness, Child of Light"

1976

Made publishing debut with novel The Thomas Berryman Number

Bonus Trivia

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Patterson was a New York ad executive for Burger King.

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