Jurassic Park Author Michael Crichton Has Died
by Alex Billington
November 5, 2008
Although most of the nation is celebrating today, some very sad news has just arrived. Legendary author, screenwriter, and filmmaker Michael Crichton has died. He was 66 years old and died suddenly in Los Angeles on Tuesday "after a courageous and private battle against cancer." In addition to all of his books that have served as inspiration for so many wonderful films, Crichton directed a few films of his own, including Westworld, Runaway, and Physical Evidence. He will forever be known as the brilliant mind behind the imaginative worlds of Jurassic Park, Congo, Twister, Sphere, The Andromeda Strain, and The 13th Warrior as well as "ER" on TV. His legacy, and his great stories, will surely live on forever.
Without Crichton, we would have never seen dinosaurs come to life or seen Dustin Hoffman explore a spaceship at the bottom of the ocean. He is as important as all the directors and actors that starred in films based on his books. His last novel, titled "Next", was published in 2006. "While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us -- and entertained us all while doing so -- his family and friends knew [him] as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes. He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget."