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Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton graduated from Harvard Medical School and embarked on a career as a writer and filmmaker. Since then he has sold over 100 million books, which have been translated into 30 languages. The Emmy-winning creator of the television series ER, Crichton is the only person to have had the No. 1 book, movie and TV show in the United States, all at the same time.

The screenplay writer of such films as Westworld and Twister, Crichton has also had 11 of his novels adapted to the screen besides Timeline, including The Andromeda Strain, The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Eaters of the Dead, Congo, Sphere, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and The Lost World.

In addition to his writing career, Crichton has also been highly involved in computers and has run a software company, FilmTrack, which developed computer programs for motion picture production in the 1980s. In fact, for this very same pioneering work, he won an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Technical Achievement Award in 1995, and his film Westworld was first feature film to employ computer-generated special effects.

Honored with numerous awards for his writing, Crichton was also honored in 2000 when a newly discovered, small-armored dinosaur was named for him: Bienosaurus crichtoni. He was also named one of the Fifty Most Beautiful People by People magazine in 1992.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Crichton was educated at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (West), the Directors Guild of America, the P.E.N. America Center, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Phi Beta Kappa.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Michael Crichton Facts

Birth NameJohn Michael Crichton
OccupationWriter, Screenwriter, Producer
BirthdayOctober 28, 1942
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA
Date of deathNovember 4, 2008 (age 66)
Height6' 9" (2m6)  How tall is Michael Crichton compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Great Train Robbery
Summer Run
The Andromeda Strain
Fortune's Fools
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