Richard Matheson

Biography

Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is perhaps best known as the author of The Incredible Shrinking Man, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), A Stir of Echoes, and I Am Legend, all of which have been adapted as major motion pictures, the last at least three times. Matheson has also written for several The Twilight Zone television show episodes such as "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", and adapted his 1971 short story "Duel" into a screenplay later that year for the Steven Spielberg–directed television movie of the same name. Born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, Richard Burton Matheson first became a published author while still a child, when his stories and poems ran in the "Brooklyn Eagle". A lifelong reader of fantasy tales, he made his professional writing bow in 1950 when his short story "Born of Man and Woman"? appeared in "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction"; Matheson turned out a number of highly regarded horror, fantasy and mystery stories throughout that decade. He broke into films in 1956, adapting his novel "The Shrinking Man" for the big-screen "The Incredible Shrinking Man." Awards In 2010, Matheson was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Matheson received a World Fantasy Award in 1984 for Lifetime Achievement. Richard Matheson: Collected Stories won the World Fantasy Award in 1990 for Best Collections and his novel Bid Time Return won in 1976. Movies: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Beat Generation (1959) House of Usher (1960) Master of the World (1961) The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) Burn Witch Burn (1962); aka Night of the Eagle (screenplay co-written with Charles Beaumont and George Baxt based on the novel Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber Tales of Terror (1962) The Raven (1963) The Comedy of Terrors (1963) The Last Man on Earth (as "Logan Swanson", based on Matheson's novel I Am Legend)(1964) Fanatic (1965) The Young Warriors (1967) The Devil Rides Out (1968) De Sade (1969) The Legend of Hell House (based on his novel) (1973) Somewhere in Time (based on his novel) (1980) Twilight Zone: The Movie: Fourth segment "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (1983) Jaws 3-D (1983) Loose Cannons (1990) I Am Legend (film) (2007) Television: Buckskin: "Act of Faith" (1959) Wanted Dead or Alive :"The Healing Woman" (1959) Twilight Zone: (16 episodes) (1959–1964) Have Gun Will Travel: "The Lady on The Wall" (1960) Bourbon Street Beat: "Target of Hate" (1960) Cheyenne: "Home Is The Brave" (1960) Lawman (Six episodes) (1960–1962) Thriller: "The Return of Andrew Bentley" (1961) Combat!: "Forgotten Front" (as Logan Swanson) (1962) The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: "Ride the Nightmare" (1962) The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: "The Thirty-First of February" (1963) The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.: "The Atlantis Affair" (1966) Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theater : "Time of Flight" (1966) Star Trek: The Original Series: "The Enemy Within" (1966) The Night Stalker (1972) Night Gallery (1972): " The Funeral" (1972) Duel (1971) The Night Strangler (1973) Dying Room Only (1973) Circle of Fear (originally titled Ghost Story (1973)) Bram Stoker's Dracula (1974) Scream of The Wolf (1974) The Morning After (1974) Trilogy of Terror (1975) Dead of Night (1977) The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver(1977) The Martian Chronicles Mini-Series: (1979, 1980) Twilight Zone: "Button, Button" (as Logan Swanson) (1986) Amazing Stories: "One for the Books" (1987) Dreamer of Oz (1990) Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994) Trilogy of Terror II (1996) Novels: Someone is Bleeding (1953) Fury on Sunday (1953) I Am Legend (1954) filmed as The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man, I Am Omega and I Am Legend The Shrinking Man (1956); filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man and subsequently reprinted under that title; also the basis of the film The Incredible Shrinking Woman A Stir of Echoes (1958); filmed as Stir of Echoes Ride the Nightmare (1959); adapted as an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and later filmed as Cold Sweat (1970 film) The Beardless Warriors (1960); filmed as The Young Warriors The Comedy of Terrors (1964), with Elsie Lee; filmed as The Comedy of Terrors Hell House (1971); filmed as The Legend of Hell House The Night Strangler (1973) Bid Time Return (1975); filmed as Somewhere in Time and subsequently reprinted under that title What Dreams May Come (1978); filmed as What Dreams May Come Earthbound (editorially abridged version published under the pseudonym "Logan Swanson", 1982; restored text published under Matheson's own name, 1989) Journal of the Gun Years (1992) The Gunfight (1993) 7 Steps to Midnight (1993) Shadow on the Sun (1994) Now You See It... (1995) The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickock (1996) The Path: A New Look at Reality (1999) Passion Play (2000) Hunger and Thirst (2000) Camp Pleasant (2001) Abu and the 7 Marvels (2002) Hunted Past Reason (2002) Come Fygures, Come Shadowes (2003) Woman (2006) Other Kingdoms (2011)

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Birth Place

Allendale, New Jersey, États-Unis

Birth Date

2/20/1926

Death Date

6/23/2013
Known For
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Black Magic: The Making of the Devil Rides Out

Self - Original Screenwriter

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Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy

Self

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The Godfather Supplements

Senator #3 (archive footage)

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Somewhere in Time

Astonished Man in Hallway, in 1912

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The Godfather: Part II

Senator #3 (uncredited)

Starring In
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Black Magic: The Making of the Devil Rides Out

Self - Original Screenwriter

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The Godfather Supplements

Senator #3 (archive footage)

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Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy

Self

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Somewhere in Time

Astonished Man in Hallway, in 1912

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The Godfather: Part II

Senator #3 (uncredited)

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