Michael Crichton

Novelist, Screenwriter, Director
Dubbed "The Father of the Techno Thriller," author Michael Crichton first established himself as a physician and lecturer before turning his expertise to books, films and television. Though he penned several books under ... Read more »
Born: 10/22/1942 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (31)

Jurassic World 2015 (Movie)

(Based on characters created by) (Source Material)

The Andromeda Strain 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Source Material

Timeline 2003 (Movie)

(novel: "Timeline") (Source Material)

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

(Source Material)

Extreme 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The 13th Warrior 1999 (Movie)

("Eaters of the Dead") (Source Material (from novel))

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

("Sphere") (Source Material (from novel))

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

("The Lost World") (Source Material (from novel))

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

(Source Material)

Twister 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Congo 1995 (Movie)

("Congo") (Source Material (from novel))

Disclosure 1994 (Movie)

("Disclosure") (Source Material (from novel))

Disclosure 1994 (Movie)

(Source Material)

Jurassic Park 1993 (Movie)

("Jurassic Park") (Source Material (from novel))

Jurassic Park 1993 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

Rising Sun 1993 (Movie)

("Rising Sun") (Source Material (from novel))

Rising Sun 1993 (Movie)

original screenplay (Screenplay)

Runaway 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Looker 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The First Great Train Robbery 1979 (Movie)

("The Great Train Robbery") (Source Material (from novel))

The First Great Train Robbery 1979 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Coma 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Terminal Man 1973 (Movie)

("The Terminal Man") (Source Material (from novel))

The Terminal Man 1973 (Movie)

(Source Material)

Westworld 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Extreme Close-Up 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Andromeda Strain 1971 (Movie)

("The Andromeda Strain") (Source Material (from novel))

The Carey Treatment 1971 (Movie)

(Source Material)

Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues 1970 (Movie)

("Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues") (Source Material (from novel))

Pursuit (Movie)

(Book Author)
Director (9)

The Decrypters 1993 - 2005, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Physical Evidence 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Runaway 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Looker 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The First Great Train Robbery 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Coma 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Pursuit 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director

Westworld 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Pursuit (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

ER 1993 - 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The 13th Warrior 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Twister 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Disclosure 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (5)

ER 200: A Dateline Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Nova 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Dubbed "The Father of the Techno Thriller," author Michael Crichton first established himself as a physician and lecturer before turning his expertise to books, films and television. Though he penned several books under various pseudonyms, Crichton emerged as a best-selling genre writer with The Andromeda Strain (1969). Shortly after Robert Wise's successful film adaptation of that novel in 1971, Crichton moved into feature directing himself with "Westworld" (1973), a robot thriller set in a Western theme park. Over the ensuing decades, Crichton churned out numerous and eminently readable novels that tended to be plot-driven rather than character studies and made excellent fodder for screenplays; many of which he adapted and even directed. Perhaps his biggest success was penning the novel Jurassic Park, which was later turned into one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of film. Surprisingly pessimistic for bestsellers, his novels were meticulously researched and well constructed arguments supporting the author's various pet peeves - namely the arrogance of scientists, and the manifold abuses of political and economic power. Meanwhile, as a writer-director, he crafted several compelling thrillers, like "Coma" (1978) and "The First Great Train Robbery" (1979), as well as created one of the most successful television shows in history with "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) - all of which helped to establish Crichton as a powerful and lucrative force in several mediums.

Relationships

Zula Crichton

Mother

Sherri Alexander Actor

Wife
Married May 4, 2005 until his death Nov. 4, 2008

Suzanne Childs

Wife
Married 1981 Divorced 1983

John Crichton

Father
Executive editor of Advertising Age

Taylor Crichton

Daughter
Born January 26, 1989 mother, Anne-Marie Martin

Douglas Crichton

Brother
Co-author with brother on novels under the joint pseudonym, Michael Douglas

Catherine Crichton

Sister

Kimberly Crichton

Sister

Anne-Marie Martin Actor

Wife
Married 1987 Divorced 2002

Joan Radam

Wife
Married 1965 Divorced 1970

Kathy St. Johns

Wife
Married 1978 Divorced 1980

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1964
Graduated summa cum laude; member of Phi Beta Kappa; originally an English major; wrote for The Harvard Crimson; played on the basketball team(AB)

Jonas Salk Institute for Biological Studies

La Jolla , California 1969 - 1970
Attended on post-graduate fellowship

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1965 - 1969
Graduated from Harvard Medical School

Milestones

2008

A television miniseries was adapted from one of his earlier novels "The Andromeda Strain" (aired on the A&E Network)

2003

Richard Donner directed a feature adaptation of his novel "Timeline"

2000

Published the computer game "Timeline" through his publishing deal with Eidos Interactive

2000

Signed deal with FOX television to develop new series through Constant C Productions

1999

Served as co-producer of the film "The Thirteenth Warrior"

1999

Founded Timeline Computer Entertainment with David Smith; signed a multi-title publishing deal with Eidos Interactive

1998

Co-produced the screen adaptation of "Sphere"

1997

Spielberg directed "The Lost World" which was based on his novel of the same name and is a follow-up to "Jurassic Park"

1996

Co-scripted (with then-wife Anne-Marie Martin) the boxoffice blockbuster, "Twister"

1994

Barry Levinson directed the feature adaptation of his novel "Disclosure"

1994

Created and executive produced the long running series "ER" (NBC); also co-scripted the pilot; John Wells also produced

1993

Co-wrote (with David Koepp) the screenplay for "Jurassic Park"; was adapted from his novel of the same name and directed by Steven Spielberg

1984

Wrote and directed the feature "Runaway"

1984

Created the graphical text adventure game "Amazon" which was produced by John Wells

1981

Helmed the sci-fi film "Looker" starring Albert Finney and Susan Dey

1979

Directed and wrote the screenplay for "The First Great Train Robbery" which is based on his novel of the same name

1974

Hired to adapt his novel, The Terminal Man into a feature; fired when his screenplay deviated too much from book (was eventually written by director Mike Hodges)

1973

Screenwriting debut, "Extreme Close-up/Sex through a Window"

1973

Feature film directing debut (also screenwriter), "Westworld"

1972

Directing debut, the ABC TV-movie "Pursuit"; based on his novel Binary (written as John Lange)

1970

First screen credit from a novel, "The Andromeda Strain"

1969

Co-authored Dealing with his younger brother Douglas under the shared pen name Michael Douglas

1966

Published several novels under the pseudonym John Lange

His final novel will be published posthumously in May 2009 (the title has not been revealed)

Raised in Roslyn, Long Island

Formed Constant C Productions

Taught anthropology for one year at Cambridge University

Bonus Trivia

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Michael Crichton stood six-feet-nine-inches tall.

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His official Web site was www.crichton-official.com.

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"Westworld" (1973) was the first feature film to employ digitized images.

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Crichton developed FilmTrak, a computer program for film production and is creator of the computer game, "Amazon."

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The novel Jurassic Park sold an additional 2.9 million paperback copies in the first three months of 1993.

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He was named Medical Writer of the Year by the Association of American Medical Writers for Five Patients: The Hospital Explained (1970).

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"What I do is entertain people. That's all Dickens ever did, or Robert Louis Stevenson. They got made into artists by subsequent generations, but at the time all they were saying was 'Hey, do you want to hear a good story?'" - appeared in Entertainment Weekly's 1994 special edition

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His two pen names John Lange and Jeffery Hudson, were both created to reflect his above-average height. According to his own words, he was about 2.06 meters (6 feet 9 inches) tall in 1997.[6] Lange is a familyname in Germany, meaning "tall one" and Sir Jeffrey Hudson was a famous 17th century dwarf in the court of Queen Consort Henrietta Maria of England.

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Was unsuccessfully sued for plagiarism by screenwriter Stephen Kessler who claimed Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin had stolen the idea for "Twister" from an unproduced screenplay.

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In 2003 he gave a lecture at Caltech entitled "Aliens Cause Global Warming" in which he expressed his views of the danger of "consensus science" — especially with regard to what he regards as popular but disputed theories such as nuclear winter, the dangers of second-hand smoke, and the global warming controversy.

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