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      Thomas Harris

      Highest Rated: 95% The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

      Lowest Rated: 15% Hannibal Rising (2007)

      Birthday: Apr 11, 1940

      Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, USA

      the brilliant flesh-eating psychopath, Hannibal Lecter. Famously reclusive, the publicity-shy Harris is reportedly (and thankfully) far different from his signature character, who made his first appearance in the writer's second thriller novel, Red Dragon (1981). Already a bankable scribe, thanks to the success of his debut, Black Sunday (1975), and its high-profile 1977 movie adaptation, Harris saw Red Dragon hit the screens as Michael Mann's "Manhunter" (1986), with initially underwhelming response. His third novel, The Silence of the Lambs (1988), was a huge hit, however, and made Lecter a key character. Its 1991 film version, marking the first appearance of Anthony Hopkins as the manipulative cannibal, proved to be both a critical darling and box-office smash, resulting in a cultural breakthrough for the actor and character, as well as Harris himself. Though Harris' post-Lambs output of Hannibal (1999) and Hannibal Rising (2006) were major publishing events, their poor critical reception diminished the author's reputation somewhat. However, the tense strengths of his pre-1990s work ensured that Harris was still considered a master of the thriller genre.

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      No Score Yet No Score Yet Loyalties Ty (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Favors Frank Fox (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Birthday Behavior Director - 2019
      15% 55% Hannibal Rising Writer $27.7M 2007
      69% 74% Red Dragon Writer $92.9M 2002
      39% 62% Hannibal Writer $165.1M 2001
      95% 95% The Silence of the Lambs Writer $130.7M 1991