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Stephen King



Stephen King wrote his first short story at seven, and was first published (in a comic fanzine) at 18. After attending the University of Maine, he worked as a sportswriter for his local newspaper and labored away for a while in an industrial laundry. He was teaching high school English at Maine's Hampden Academy when his first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974.



Over the next decade he blossomed into the most popular writer in America, as well as one of the most prolific; in addition to the books published under his own name, he also wrote five pseudonymously as Richard Bachman (one of these, The Running Man, was filmed in 1989, with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead). No mere hack or dilettante, as has sometimes been alleged, King puts his whole heart and soul in every chiller he writes: His criteria is that if it can scare him, it will scare everyone else. Beginning with 1976's Carrie, virtually all of King's novels have been adapted to the screen -- but only a third or so of the filmizations have been truly worth the effort. For every above-average effort like The Shining (1980), The Dead Zone (1983), and Misery (1990), there has been a failure like Pet Cemetery (1989) and Needful Things (1993). While he claims to have adopted a "take the money and run" philosophy concerning most of his filmed novels, King has, in fact, taken a more active part in movies than most of his contemporaries. He often plays small roles in the films based on his works, and in 1986 he made his directorial bow with Maximum Overdrive. He also directed the first five episodes of the 1991 TV series Stephen King's The Golden Years, and essayed a small role as a bus driver. His other TV contributions have included the miniseries It! (1990), Sometimes They Come Back (1991), The Tommyknockers (1993), The Stand (1994), and The Langoliers (1995).



In 1997, King oversaw a television miniseries remake of The Shining to insure that it would be closer to his original vision than the 1980 Kubrick film. Not entirely confined to hair-raisers, Stephen King has also turned out "straight" tales like The Body and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, both of which have been filmed as, respectively, Stand by Me (1986) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994). In the years that followed The Shawshank Redemption drew a massive cult following on home video and DVD, and became on of King's most celebrated celluliod adaptations. Of course this would eventually lead to many more film adaptations of King's more dramatic works, and with such efforts as Dolores Caliborne, The Green Mile and Hearts in Atlantis, King adaptations began to take on an air of sophistication (a great irony considering the author himself has deemed his writings to the literary equivilant of a Big Mac and fries) that attracted the likes of such respected dramatic actors as Tom Hanks and Anthony Hopkins.



Of course endless sequels to such earlier adaptations as Sometimes They Come Back and Children of the Corn continued to flood the straight-to-video and lend some air of truth to his statements regarding his work, and it seemed that every few years a miniseries based on one of King's novels was almost mandatory. If a belated 1999 sequel to Brian De Palma's 1976 film adaptation of Carrie seemed little more than an attempt to cash in on the current trend towards post-Scream teen horror, a made-for-television remake of the original in 2002 was simply unnecessary. In 2002 The Dead Zone was adapted into a well-recieved television series, and though such feature efforts as 2003's ambitious but laughably flawed Dreamcather proved that filmmakers were willing to take risks with some of the King's more unconventional stories. After adapting Lars Von Trier's acclaimed Danish television chiller The Kingdom into Kingdom Hospital in 2004, fans could look forward to yet another made-for-television adaptation of Salem's Lot and the David Koepp directed Johnny Depp vehicle Se

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Dark Tower
  • Producer
2017
9% Cell
  • Screenwriter
2016
No Score Yet Mercy
  • Producer
2014
35% Stephen King's A Good Marriage
  • Producer
2014
57% Stuck in Love
  • Stephen King
2013
No Score Yet Pictures Of Susan
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet April Moon
  • Executive Producer
2007
62% Diary of the Dead
  • Actor
2007
79% 1408
  • Screenwriter
2007
No Score Yet Stephen King's 'Desperation'
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
2006
No Score Yet Gotham Cafe
  • Actor
2005
27% Riding the Bullet
  • Executive Producer
2004
No Score Yet Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption'
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer
  • Executive Producer
2003
No Score Yet Children of the Corn: Revelation
  • Producer
2001
75% Stephen King's 'Storm of the Century'
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
1999
No Score Yet Stephen King's 'The Night Flier'
  • Screenwriter
1998
No Score Yet Ghosts
  • Screenwriter
1997
16% Stephen King's 'Thinner'
  • Mr. Bangor, pharmacist
1996
50% Stephen King's 'The Langoliers'
  • Tom Holby
1995
15% Stephen King's 'Sleepwalkers'
  • Cemetery Caretaker
1992
13% Stephen King's 'Graveyard Shift'
  • Screenwriter
1990
46% Pet Sematary
  • Preacher
  • Screenwriter
1989
61% The Running Man
  • Screenwriter
1987
33% Creepshow 2
  • Truck Driver
  • Screenwriter
1987
17% Maximum Overdrive
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Stephen King's World of Horror
  • Actor
1986
69% Stephen King's 'Cat's Eye'
  • Screenwriter
1985
69% Creepshow
  • Screenwriter
  • Jordy Verrill
1982
75% Knightriders
  • Hoagie Man
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Kingdom Hospital
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Stephen King's 'Kingdom Hospital'
2004
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
  • Guest
  • Appearing
79% 11.22.63
2016
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
69% Under the Dome
2013-2015
  • Diner Patron
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Haven
2010-2015
  • Screenwriter
90% Sons of Anarchy
2008-2014
  • Bachman
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet 11/23/63
2015
  • Producer
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Steppers
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest

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