Raymond Chandler

Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist
One of the originators of hard-boiled detective fiction, along with Dashiell Hammett, author Raymond Chandler and his gumshoe protagonist, Philip Marlowe, inspired countless future writers and generations of filmmakers ... Read more »
Born: 07/23/1888 in Chicago, Illinois, USA


Writer (19)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

("The Big Sleep") (Source Material (from novel))

Farewell, My Lovely 1975 (Movie)

("Farewell My Lovely") (Source Material (from novel))

Double Indemnity 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Long Goodbye 1973 (Movie)

("The Long Goodbye") (Source Material (from novel))

Strangers On a Train 1951 (Movie)


The Big Sleep 1946 (Movie)

("The Big Sleep") (Source Material (from novel))

The Blue Dahlia 1946 (Movie)


The Blue Dahlia 1946 (Movie)

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Double Indemnity 1944 (Movie)


And Now Tomorrow (Movie)


Lady in the Lake (Movie)


Lady in the Lake (Movie)

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Marlowe (Movie)

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Once You Meet a Stranger (TV Show)

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Poodle Springs (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

The Brasher Doubloon (Movie)

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The Falcon Takes Over (Movie)

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The Unseen (Movie)

Other (1)

The Man Who Envied Women 1986 (Movie)

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One of the originators of hard-boiled detective fiction, along with Dashiell Hammett, author Raymond Chandler and his gumshoe protagonist, Philip Marlowe, inspired countless future writers and generations of filmmakers. Born in Chicago, Chandler was raised in England by relatives after he and his mother were abandoned by his alcoholic father. After returning to the U.S and seeing horrific action as a soldier in World War I, he became a high-paid oil executive and was later fired for drunkenness and erratic behavior, all before publishing his first short story in Black Mask magazine. At the age of 50, he wrote his first novel, The Big Sleep, which was followed by such titles as Farewell, My Lovely and The Long Goodbye, each of which sold better than the one before. With success came the attentions of Hollywood, and although Chandler garnered Oscar nominations for his work on the noir classics, "Double Indemnity" (1944) and "The Blue Dahlia" (1946), his time with the studios was far from fulfilling. Over the years, Marlowe was portrayed on screen by several of Hollywood's most popular leading men, among them Humphrey Bogart in "The Big Sleep" (1946), Elliot Gould in "The Long Goodbye" (1973) and Robert Mitchum in "Farewell, My Lovely" (1975). Though underappreciated during his lifetime, Chandler would later be revered for transforming the crime fiction genre into a prism through which the author eloquently cast his sardonic eye upon the state of America, its culture and people.


alcoholic who abandoned the family parents divorced in 1895

Florence Chandler

divorced from Chandler's father in 1895 died in January 1924

Helga Greene

Chandler proposed to her in February 1959

Pearl Hurlburt

born in October 29, 1870 was married at time they began relationship in 1919 had already been married and divorced once divorced second husband to be with Chandler married on February 6, 1924 at time of wedding, claimed to have been born in 1881 died on December 12, 1954

Jessica Tyndale

met on a cruise to England in 1955


attended schools in France (in 1905) and Germany (in 1906)

Dulwich College Prepatory School

1900 - 1905
later worked as a teacher at school



Published sixth Marlowe novel, "The Long Goodbye"


Co-wrote the screenplay for "Strangers on a Train", directed by Alfred Hitchcock; last produced script


Only film as solo writer, "The Blue Dahlia"


First film as co-writer (with director Billy Wilder), "Double Indemnity"; the 1972 TV version credits original screenplay as partial basis


First film credit "The Falcon Takes Over", based on "Farewell, My Lovely"


"Farewell, My Lovely" published; sold film rights the following year to RKO for $2000


Published first novel "The Big Sleep" which had detective Philip Marlowe as protagonist


Sold first story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot," to Black Mask magazine; published in December issue


Served in the Canadian Army and later the Royal Air Force during WWI


Moved back to the USA


Published first poem in Chamber's Journal


Became a naturalized British citizen and went to work at the Admiralty

Wrote 19 stories published in Black Mask, Dime Detective and Detective Fiction Week

Published book of poetry in England called "The Rose-Leaf Romance"

Born in Chicago but raised in England after parents' divorce

Worked as a bank clerk, a reporter for San Francisco's Daily Express , and as a bookkeeper; eventually fired as a result of his alcoholism

Worked as a teacher at Dulwich College Prepatory School

Was a journalist for the Daily Express and the Western Gazette