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      Michael Crichton

      Michael Crichton

      Highest Rated: 92% Jurassic Park (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Sphere (1998)

      Birthday: Oct 23, 1942

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Dubbed "The Father of the Techno Thriller," author Michael Crichton first established himself as a physician and lecturer before turning his expertise to books, films and television. Though he penned several books under various pseudonyms, Crichton emerged as a best-selling genre writer with The Andromeda Strain (1969). Shortly after Robert Wise's successful film adaptation of that novel in 1971, Crichton moved into feature directing himself with "Westworld" (1973), a robot thriller set in a Western theme park. Over the ensuing decades, Crichton churned out numerous and eminently readable novels that tended to be plot-driven rather than character studies and made excellent fodder for screenplays; many of which he adapted and even directed. Perhaps his biggest success was penning the novel Jurassic Park, which was later turned into one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of film. Surprisingly pessimistic for bestsellers, his novels were meticulously researched and well constructed arguments supporting the author's various pet peeves - namely the arrogance of scientists, and the manifold abuses of political and economic power. Meanwhile, as a writer-director, he crafted several compelling thrillers, like "Coma" (1978) and "The First Great Train Robbery" (1979), as well as created one of the most successful television shows in history with "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) - all of which helped to establish Crichton as a powerful and lucrative force in several mediums.




      13% 45% Timeline Writer $19.5M 2003
      49% 36% Jurassic Park III Writer $181.2M 2001
      33% 66% The 13th Warrior Director,
      $32.7M 1999
      11% 38% Sphere Writer,
      $37.0M 1998
      54% 51% The Lost World: Jurassic Park Writer $229.1M 1997
      63% 58% Twister Writer,
      $241.7M 1996
      60% 41% Disclosure Producer $81.3M 1994
      33% 40% Rising Sun Screenwriter $62.5M 1993
      92% 91% Jurassic Park Writer,
      $401.8M 1993
      22% 11% Physical Evidence Director $3.5M 1989
      48% 32% Runaway Director,
      - 1984
      32% 41% Looker Director,
      - 1981
      74% 68% The Great Train Robbery Director,
      - 1978
      81% 66% Coma Director,
      - 1978
      85% 70% Westworld Director,
      - 1973
      No Score Yet 25% Pursuit Director - 1972


      No Score Yet 84% ER Executive Producer 1994-2009