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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Crichton  

Pen Name: John Lange, Jeffery Hudson, Michael Douglas when writing with his younger brother Douglas


Born: October 23, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Crichton was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Crichton was an award-winning author, film producer, film director, medical doctor and television producer. He is best known for his scientific themed suspense novels, films and television programs. The author of the groundbreaking novels ''The Andromeda Strain'', ''The Great Train Robbery'', ''Jurassic Park'', ''Prey'', and ''State of Fear'', among many others, his books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and have been successfully adapted for fifteen feature films including: ''Westworld'', ''Coma'', ''Looker'', ''Runaway'' and ''Twister''. He was also the creator of the television hit, ''ER'' and the director of ''Westworld'', ''Coma'', ''The Great Train Robbery'' and ''Looker''. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year. He received an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for the television series ''ER''.While Crichton was born in Chicago, he was raised in New York and lived the majority of his adult life in California. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University before tutoring at Cambridge University in anthropology and later registering at Harvard Medical School.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''A Case of Need''''' - written as Jeffery Hudson *Edgar Allan Poe Award by Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel, 1969 '''''Five Patients''''' *Association of American Medical Writers Award, 1970 '''''The Great Train Robbery''''' * Edgar Award, 1980 '''''State of Fear''''' *Journalism Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006