Michael Crichton Biography (1942-)

Full name, John Michael Crichton; born October 23, 1942, in Chicago, IL; sonof John Henderson (a corporation president) and Zula (maiden name, Miller) Crichton; married Joan Radam, January 1, 1965 (divorced, 1970); married Kathy St. Johns, 1978 (divorced, 1980); married Suzanne Childs (an attorney; divorced); married Anne-Marie Martin (an actress and screenwriter), 1987 (separated,2001); children: (fourth marriage) Taylor (daughter). Addresses: Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Janklow and Nesbit Assoc., 598 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022; Artists Management Group, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., #212, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Contact: c/o2118 Wilshire Blvd., #433, Santa Monica, CA 90403; 433 N. Camden Dr., BeverlyHills, CA 90210.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Novelist, screenwriter, film director
Birth Details
October 23, 1942
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • Westworld, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1973
  • Coma, United Artists, 1978
  • The Great Train Robbery (also known as The First Great Train Robbery), United Artists, 1979
  • Looker, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Runaway, TriStar, 1984
  • Physical Evidence, Columbia, 1989
  • The 13th Warrior (also known as Eaters of the Dead and The Thirteenth Warrior), Buena Vista, 1999
  • Film Executive Producer
  • Disclosure, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Film Producer
  • Twister, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Sphere, Warner Bros., 1998
  • The 13th Warrior (also known as Eaters of the Dead and The Thirteenth Warrior), Buena Vista, 1999
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) The Andromeda Strain, 1971
  • Himself, Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema & the Myth of Cool,2001
  • Television Work
  • Director, Pursuit (movie; also known as Binary), ABC, 1972
  • Executive producer, ER (pilot), NBC, 1994
  • Creator and executive producer, ER (series), NBC, 1994-
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Interviewee, Barbara Walters Presents "The 10 Most Fascinating Peopleof 1996," ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1996
  • Episodic
  • Narrator, "The Real Jurassic Park," Nova, PBS, 1993
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Extreme Close-Up (also known as Sex through a Window), National General, 1973
  • Westworld, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1973, published by Bantam (New York City), 1974
  • Coma (based on the novel of the same title by Robin Cook), UnitedArtists, 1977
  • The Great Train Robbery (also known as The First Great Train Robbery; based on Crichton's novel), United Artists, 1978
  • Looker, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Runaway, TriStar, 1984
  • (With David Koepp) Jurassic Park (also known as JP; based on Crichton's novel), Universal, 1993
  • (With Michael Backes and Philip Kaufman) Rising Sun (based on Crichton's novel), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Disclosure (based on Crichton's novel), Warner Bros., 1994
  • Congo (based on Crichton's novel), Paramount, 1995
  • Twister, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Television Pilots
  • "24 Hours: Parts 1 & 2" (also known as "The Longest Day: Parts 1 & 2"), ER, NBC, 1994
  • Novels
  • (Under pseudonym Jeffery Hudson) A Case of Need, New American Library (New York City), 1968
  • The Andromeda Strain, Knopf (New York City), 1969
  • (With Douglas Crichton, under joint pseudonym Michael Douglas) Dealing: Or, The Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues, Knopf, 1971
  • The Terminal Man, Knopf, 1972
  • The Great Train Robbery, Knopf, 1975
  • Eaters of the Dead: The Manuscript of Ibn Fadlan Relating His Experiences with the Northmen in A.D. 922, Knopf, 1976
  • Congo, Knopf, 1980
  • Sphere, Knopf, 1987
  • Jurassic Park, Knopf, 1990
  • Rising Sun, Knopf, 1992
  • Disclosure, Knopf, 1994
  • The Lost World, Knopf, 1995
  • Airframe, Knopf, 1996
  • Timeline, Knopf, 1999
  • Mystery Novels
  • under Pseudonym John Lange
  • Odds On, New American Library, 1966
  • Scratch One, New American Library, 1967
  • Easy Go, New American Library, 1968, published as The Last Tomb, Bantam, 1974
  • Zero Cool, New American Library, 1969
  • The Venom Business, New American Library, 1969
  • Drug of Choice, New American Library, 1970
  • Grave Descend, New American Library, 1970
  • Binary, New American Library, 1971
  • Nonfiction
  • Five Patients: The Hospital Explained, Knopf, 1970
  • Jasper Johns, Abrams (New York City), 1977
  • Electronic Life: How to Think about Computers, Knopf, 1983
  • Travels, Knopf, 1988
  • Contributor to magazines, including Wired.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The Andromeda Strain was filmed by Universal in 1971; The Terminal Man was filmed by Warner Bros. in 1974; the novel A Case of Need was adapted as the film The Carey Treatment (also known as Emergency Ward) and released in 1972; Binary was filmed by ABC for television and aired as Pursuit (also known as Binary), in 1972; Dealing: or, The Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues was adapted and released in 1972; The Terminal Man was filmed and released in 1974; The Lost World was released on film as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Universal, 1997; Sphere was adapted for the screen and released by Warner Bros. in 1998; Eaters of the Dead was adapted for thescreen and released as The 13th Warrior (also known as The Thirteenth Warrior), Buena Vista, 1999; Timeline was adapted and releasedby Paramount in 2003.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Contemporary Novelists, 7th edition, St. James Press, 2001
    • Crichton, Michael, Travels, Knopf, 1988
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    • Trembley, Elizabeth, Michael Crichton: A Critical Companion, Greenwood (Westport, CT), 1996
    Periodicals
    • PC Magazine, May 27, 1997, p. 30
    • Time, January 10, 1994, p. 52; September 25, 1995, p. 60
    • Vanity Fair, January, 1994, pp. 32-49
    Electronic
    • The Official Site of Michael Crichton, http://www.crichton-official.com, May 18, 2002

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