Nicholas Sparks

One of the most successful contemporary novelists of our time, Nicholas Sparks is revered by his fans for the love stories he's penned and the movies on which they are based -- and derided by his critics for what they ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1965 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Writer (11)

The Choice 2016 (Movie)

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

The Longest Ride 2015 (Movie)

(from book: "The Longest Ride") (Source Material)

The Best of Me 2014 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Best of Me") (Source Material)

Safe Haven 2013 (Movie)

(from novel: "Safe Haven") (Source Material)

The Lucky One 2012 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Lucky One") (Source Material)

Dear John 2010 (Movie)

(from novel: "Dear John") (Source Material)

The Last Song 2010 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Last Song") (Source Material)

The Last Song 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nights in Rodanthe 2008 (Movie)

(from novel: "Nights in Rodanthe") (Source Material)

A Walk to Remember 2002 (Movie)

("A Walk to Remember") (Source Material (from novel))

Message in A Bottle 1999 (Movie)

("Message in a Bottle") (Source Material (from novel))
Producer (5)

The Choice 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Deliverance Creek 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Longest Ride 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Best of Me 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Safe Haven 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most successful contemporary novelists of our time, Nicholas Sparks is revered by his fans for the love stories he's penned and the movies on which they are based -- and derided by his critics for what they see as formulaic and manipulative writing. Sparks' first novel, The Notebook (1996), was wildly successful, and his audience has continued to embrace each of his books since. From the publication of The Notebook to the present, Sparks seems incapable of producing a work of fiction that doesn't immediately bolt to the top of the New York Times best-seller list, and the films based on his novels tend to be global successes.

EDUCATION

Notre Dame University

1984 - 1988
full track and field scholarship; graduated with honors

Milestones

2012

Zac Efron vehicle "The Lucky One" released, based on his 2008 novel

2010

Wrote the basis novel for "Dear John" and screenplay for "The Last Song"

2008

Diane Lane and Richard Gere starred in "Nights in Rodanthe," based on his 2002 novel

2004

"The Notebook" released as a drama starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling

2002

Novel turned into romantic drama "A Walk to Remember"

1999

Film adaptation, "Message in a Bottle" released

1998

Published second novel Message in a Bottle

1996

The Notebook released and landed on The New York Times bestseller list

1993

Wrote first novel The Notebook

Bonus Trivia

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Only contemporary author besides J.K. Rowling to spend more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller list

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Based main character in A Walk to Remember on sister Dana who died of cancer in 2000

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"I think part of the best way to honor God is to take your gift and do it again -- just keep going. People say, 'Why do you write? (You) don't need to write anymore.' I think it's a sin, I think it's a sin to waste. That was the gift I was given, God gave it to me for a reason, so I will write until I guess I feel the calling not to." - from CBN News, May 21, 2010

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In 2011, established nonprofit Nicholas Sparks Foundation to support global education

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Has appeared several times on Forbes list of top-earning authors with estimated income of $16 million annually

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