Richard Matheson

Over a career that spanned more than six decades and encompassed the mediums of literature, film and television, writer Richard Matheson crafted classic tales of horror, science fiction and fantasy. After making a deal ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1926 in Allendale, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Writer (47)

It Waits 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Real Steel 2011 (Movie)

(short story "Steel") (Source Material)

The Box 2009 (Movie)

(from short story: "Button, Button") (Source Material)

I Am Legend 2007 (Movie)

(from novel:"I Am Legend") (Source Material)

Masters of Horror 2005 (Tv Show)

Source Material

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

From Story

Stir of Echoes 1999 (Movie)

("A Stir of Echoes") (Source Material (from novel))

What Dreams May Come 1998 (Movie)

("What Dreams May Come") (Source Material (from novel))

What Dreams May Come 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

("Nightmare at 20,000 Feet") (From Story)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 (Movie)

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

The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Somewhere in Time 1980 (Movie)

("Bid Time Return") (Source Material (from novel))

Somewhere in Time 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Stranger Within 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Dracula 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Morning After 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Les Seins de Glace 1973 (Movie)

(Book as Source Material)

The Legend of Hell House 1972 (Movie)

("Hell House") (Source Material (from novel))

The Legend of Hell House 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Night Stalker 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Omega Man 1971 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

De la Part des Copains 1970 (Movie)

(Book as Source Material)

Star Trek 1966 (Tv Show)

Writer

Die! Die! My Darling! 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Comedy of Terrors 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Man on Earth 1963 (Movie)

("I Am Legend") (Source Material (from novel))

Burn, Witch, Burn 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tales of Terror 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Raven 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Master of the World 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pit and the Pendulum 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

House of Usher 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Beat Generation 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Incredible Shrinking Man 1957 (Movie)

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

The Incredible Shrinking Man 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Duel (TV Show)

Screenplay

Dying Room Only (TV Show)

Screenplay

Scream of the Wolf (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Incredible Shrinking Man (Movie)

(Book Author)

The Martian Chronicles (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Night Strangler (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Writer

Trilogy of Terror (TV Show)

Screenplay

Trilogy of Terror II (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (5)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stephen King's The Shining 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Somewhere in Time 1980 (Movie)

Astonished Man (Actor)

Captains and the Kings (TV Show)

Actor
Executive (1)

The Horror Hall of Fame II (TV Show)

Executive

Biography

Over a career that spanned more than six decades and encompassed the mediums of literature, film and television, writer Richard Matheson crafted classic tales of horror, science fiction and fantasy. After making a deal to write the screen adaptation of his novel for "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957), he quickly made a name for himself working on a cycle of Edgar Allan Poe films with director Roger Corman and as a contributing writer on Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964). Matheson later teamed with future film giant Steven Spielberg for the first time on the TV movie "Duel" (ABC, 1971). Other television triumphs included the screenplay for the influential "The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1972), an acclaimed interpretation of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (CBS, 1974), and the cult-classic "Trilogy of Terror" (ABC, 1975). His fiction work proved to be a nearly inexhaustible well of inspiration in Hollywood, as exemplified by feature films such as the time-traveling romance "Somewhere in Time" (1980), the supernatural murder mystery "Stir of Echoes" (1999), and "I Am Legend" (2007), the third big-screen adaptation of his novella of the same name. Uncomfortable with the term "genre writer," Matheson, a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, was nonetheless responsible for sparking the imaginations of readers, audiences and generations of filmmakers with stories that never failed to deliver on the fantastic. He died in 2013, with his influence apparent in countless modern interpretations of horror and science fiction.

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