Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson

Highest Rated: 92% The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Lowest Rated: 0% De Sade (1969)

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.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet No Score Yet Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man Unknown (Character) - 2009
68% 70% Stir of Echoes Writer (Novel) $21.1M 1999
54% 84% What Dreams May Come Writer $55.5M 1998
12% 17% Jaws III Screenwriter - 1983
61% 88% Somewhere in Time Astonished Man (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 29% Dead of Night Director - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Icy Breasts Writer - 1974
60% 43% Dracula Screenwriter - 1974
86% 84% The Night Strangler Screenwriter - 1973
65% 53% The Omega Man Writer (Novel) - 1971
88% 84% Duel Screenwriter - 1971
0% 25% De Sade Writer - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Warriors Writer - 1967
80% 69% The Last Man on Earth Screenwriter - 1964
89% 70% The Comedy of Terrors Screenwriter - 1964
80% 65% Burn, Witch, Burn! Writer - 1962
88% 74% The Pit and the Pendulum Screenwriter - 1961
90% 74% House of Usher Writer - 1960
No Score Yet 0% The Beat Generation Screenwriter - 1959
92% 82% The Incredible Shrinking Man Writer - 1957


63% 89% Masters of Horror Writer (Short Story) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories Director,
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.J. and the Bear Writer 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Martian Chronicles Writer 1980
No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Writer 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Writer 1966
80% 89% Star Trek Writer 1966
82% 94% The Twilight Zone Writer 1960-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Writer 1961


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