Thomas Harris

the brilliant flesh-eating psychopath, Hannibal Lecter. Famously reclusive, the publicity-shy Harris is reportedly (and thankfully) far different from his signature character, who made his first appearance in the ... Read more »
Born: 04/11/1940 in Jackson, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Writer (6)

Hannibal 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Source Material

Hannibal Rising 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

("Red Dragon") (Source Material (from novel))

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

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

The Silence of the Lambs 1991 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Manhunter 1986 (Movie)

("Red Dragon") (Source Material (from novel))
Director (1)

Black Body 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Crisis: Urban Education 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Segment Associate Producer

Biography

the brilliant flesh-eating psychopath, Hannibal Lecter. Famously reclusive, the publicity-shy Harris is reportedly (and thankfully) far different from his signature character, who made his first appearance in the writer's second thriller novel, <i>Red Dragon</i> (1981). Already a bankable scribe, thanks to the success of his debut, <i>Black Sunday</i> (1975), and its high-profile 1977 movie adaptation, Harris saw <i>Red Dragon</i> hit the screens as Michael Mann's "Manhunter" (1986), with initially underwhelming response. His third novel, <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i> (1988), was a huge hit, however, and made Lecter a key character. Its 1991 film version, marking the first appearance of Anthony Hopkins as the manipulative cannibal, proved to be both a critical darling and box-office smash, resulting in a cultural breakthrough for the actor and character, as well as Harris himself. Though Harris' post-<i>Lambs</i> output of <i>Hannibal</i> (1999) and <i>Hannibal Rising</i> (2006) were major publishing events, their poor critical reception diminished the author's reputation somewhat. However, the tense strengths of his pre-1990s work ensured that Harris was still considered a master of the thriller genre.

EDUCATION

Baylor University

Graduated in 1964

Milestones

2013

"Hannibal" TV series debuted on NBC

2007

"Hannibal Rising" movie premiered

2006

<i>Hannibal Rising</i> published

2001

Ridley Scott's "Hannibal" debuted

1999

<i>Hannibal</i> released

1991

Feature film debut of "The Silence of the Lambs"

1988

Second Lecter novel, <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i>, published

1986

<i>Red Dragon</i> adapted into Michael Mann's "Manhunter"

1981

<i>Red Dragon</i> released

1977

Film adaptation of <i>Black Sunday</i> premiered

1975

Debut novel, <i>Black Sunday</i>, published

Bonus Trivia

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Harris last gave an interview in 1976.

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Harris has only been directly involved in one Hannibal Lecter film, "Hannibal Rising," which featured his own screenplay.

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All of Harris' novels have been made into movies.

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