Dan O'Bannon Biography (1946-)

Full name, Daniel Thomas O'Bannon; born September 30, 1946, in St. Louis, MO;son of Thomas Sidney (a carpenter) and Bertha (maiden name, Lowenthal) O'Bannon; married Diane Louise Lindley, January 18, 1986. Addresses: Agent:Agency for the Performing Arts, 9000 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069-3604.

Writer, director, animator, special effects artist
Birth Details
September 30, 1946
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Work
  • Director
  • The Return of the Living Dead, Orion, 1985
  • The Resurrected (also known as Shatterbrain), Live Home Video, 1992
  • Other
  • Editor, production designer, set decorator, special effects photographer,and special effects director (with Bill Taylor), Dark Star (also known as Dark Talon), Jack H. Harris, 1975
  • Computer animator, Star Wars (also known as Star Wars: EpisodeIV: The New Hope), Twentieth-Century Fox, 1977
  • Conceptual designer, Alien, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • (With Thomas Warkentin, Angus McKie, Richard Corben, Juan Gimenez, and Lee Mishkin) Animation designer, Heavy Metal, Columbia, 1981
  • Also affiliated with the short film Bloodbath.
  • Film Appearances
  • Pinback, Dark Star (also known as Dark Talon), Jack H. Harris, 1975
  • Clerk, Delivering Milo, IMMI Pictures/Lakeshore International, 2000
  • Video Documentaries
  • Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, 1986
  • The Alien Legacy (also known as The Eighth Passenger: The AlienLegacy), Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 1999
  • Screenplays
  • (With John Carpenter) Dark Star (also known as Dark Talon),Jack H. Harris, 1975
  • (With Ronald Shusett) Dead & Buried, Avco-Embassy, 1981
  • "Soft Landing" and "B-17" segments, Heavy Metal (also based on a story by O'Bannon), Columbia, 1981
  • (With Don Jakoby) Blue Thunder (also known as Blue Thunder: TheMovie), Columbia, 1983
  • (With Jakoby) Lifeforce (based on the novel The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson), TriStar, 1985
  • The Return of the Living Dead, Orion, 1985
  • (With Jakoby) Invaders from Mars (based on an earlier screenplay by Richard Blake), Cannon, 1986
  • (With Shusett and Gary Goldman) Total Recall (based on the short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick), TriStar, 1990
  • (With Miguel Tejada-Flores) Screamers (also known as Screamers--L'armee souterraine; based on the short story "The Second Variety" by Dick), Triumph, 1996
  • (With Shusett and Charles Adair) Hemoglobin (also known as Bleeders and The Descendant), Fries Film Group/A-pix Entertainment Group/Hellas Video, 1997
  • Television Episodes
  • Contributing writer, Blue Thunder, ABC, 1984
  • Other Writings
  • Alien: The Movie Novel, edited by Richard J. Anobile, Morrow (NewYork City), 1979

Further Reference


  • The film Alien was based on a story by O'Bannon, as were the sequels Alien 3, 1992, and Alien: Resurrection (also known as Alien 4), released by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1997.
    • Starlog, July, 1996

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