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      Richard Matheson

      Richard Matheson

      Highest Rated: 100% The Night Strangler (1973)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Jaws III (1983)

      Birthday: Feb 20, 1926

      Birthplace: Allendale, New Jersey, USA

      Over a career that spanned more than six decades and encompassed the mediums of literature, film and television, writer Richard Matheson crafted classic tales of horror, science fiction and fantasy. After making a deal to write the screen adaptation of his novel for "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957), he quickly made a name for himself working on a cycle of Edgar Allan Poe films with director Roger Corman and as a contributing writer on Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964). Matheson later teamed with future film giant Steven Spielberg for the first time on the TV movie "Duel" (ABC, 1971). Other television triumphs included the screenplay for the influential "The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1972), an acclaimed interpretation of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (CBS, 1974), and the cult-classic "Trilogy of Terror" (ABC, 1975). His fiction work proved to be a nearly inexhaustible well of inspiration in Hollywood, as exemplified by feature films such as the time-traveling romance "Somewhere in Time" (1980), the supernatural murder mystery "Stir of Echoes" (1999), and "I Am Legend" (2007), the third big-screen adaptation of his novella of the same name. Uncomfortable with the term "genre writer," Matheson, a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, was nonetheless responsible for sparking the imaginations of readers, audiences and generations of filmmakers with stories that never failed to deliver on the fantastic. He died in 2013, with his influence apparent in countless modern interpretations of horror and science fiction.

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      Somewhere in Time poster Somewhere in Time


      SOMEWHERE IN TIME, author Richard Matheson on-set, 1980. © Universal Pictures



      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man Unknown (Character) - 2009
      67% 70% Stir of Echoes Writer $21.1M 1999
      52% 84% What Dreams May Come Writer $55.5M 1998
      11% 17% Jaws III Screenwriter - 1983
      52% 88% Somewhere in Time Astonished Man (Character),
      - 1980
      No Score Yet 31% Dead of Night Director - 1977
      60% 42% Dracula Screenwriter - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Icy Breasts Writer - 1974
      100% 86% The Night Strangler Screenwriter - 1973
      89% 84% Duel Screenwriter - 1971
      64% 53% The Omega Man Writer - 1971
      11% 25% De Sade Writer - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Warriors Writer - 1967
      50% 56% Die! Die! My Darling! Screenwriter - 1965
      90% 70% The Comedy of Terrors Screenwriter - 1964
      81% 69% The Last Man on Earth Screenwriter - 1964
      80% 65% Burn, Witch, Burn! Writer - 1962
      88% 75% The Pit and the Pendulum Screenwriter - 1961
      84% 74% House of Usher Writer - 1960
      No Score Yet 0% The Beat Generation Screenwriter - 1959
      83% 82% The Incredible Shrinking Man Writer - 1957


      63% 89% Masters of Horror Writer 2005
      No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Director,
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.J. and the Bear Writer 1981
      No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Writer 1971-1972
      11% No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Writer 1966
      80% 89% Star Trek Writer 1966
      92% 95% The Twilight Zone Writer 1960-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Writer 1961