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Richard Matheson

Biography

An American science fiction, horror, and fantasy author and screenwriter, he’s most widely known for his novel-turned-film, I Am Story. His other well-known works are the Shrinking Guy, What Dreams WILL COME, and Bid Period Come back. He fought in Globe Battle II and consequently gained his Bachelor’s level in journalism from your University or college of Missouri. He released his first brief story, Given birth to of Man and Female, in 1950. He received both World Fantasy Honor as well as the Bram Stoker Honor for Lifetime Accomplishment. He was created in NJ to Norwegian immigrant parents. In 1952, he wedded Ruth Ann Woodson, with whom he later on had four kids. His book, I Am Story, was converted to an attribute film starring Will Smith.

Quick Facts


Full Name Richard Matheson
Date Of Birth February 20, 1926
Died June 23, 2013, Calabasas, California, United States
Place Of Birth New Jersey
Profession Screenwriter
Education University of Missouri, Brooklyn Technical High School
Nationality American
Spouse Ruth Ann Woodson
Children Richard Christian Matheson, Ali Marie Matheson, Chris Matheson
Parents Bertolf Matheson, Fanny Mathieson
Awards World Fantasy Award—Life Achievement, World Fantasy Award—Novel, Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement, Tähtivaeltaja Award, World Horror Convention Grand Master Award, World Fantasy Award—Collection, Edgar Awards for Best Television Feature/Mini-Series Teleplay, Spur Award for Best Western Novel, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Anthology Adapted, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama 30 Minutes in Length, Hugo Award for Outstanding Movie
Nominations Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Locus Award for Best Collection, Retro Hugo Award for Best Short Story, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Long Form – Multi-part
Movies Duel, The Incredible Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, The Omega Man, The Last Man on Earth, What Dreams May Come, Real Steel, Somewhere in Time, The Legend of Hell House, The Box, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Trilogy of Terror, The Night Stalker, The Pit and the Pendulum, House of Usher, The Raven, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Stir of Echoes, The Devil Rides Out, Tales of Terror, Jaws 3-D, The Night Strangler, Master of the World, I Am Omega, Night of the Eagle, The Young Warriors, Fanatic, Cold Sweat, Dead of Night, The Comedy of Terrors, De Sade, Loose Cannons, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Morning After, The Beat Generation, Button, Button, 'It's Alive!', Dance of the Dead, Scream of the Wolf, The Stranger Within, The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics, My Ambition, Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man, It's a Good Life
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#Fact
1 He was cremated.
2 His short story "Steel" was the first inspiration for the screenplay to Real Steel (2011).
3 One of Stephen King's favorite writers.
4 He has claimed that the film that came closest to capturing the spirit of his novel "I Am Legend" was Night of the Living Dead (1968), even though that film was not an intentional adaptation of his book.
5 Norwegian-American.
6 According to producer Roger Corman, Matheson's scripts were so good that Corman usually used the first draft with a minimum of rewrites.
7 Father of writers Chris Matheson, Ali Marie Matheson and Richard Christian Matheson. He adopted his wife's daughter from a previous marriage named Bettina Louise Matheson (B. 1950).


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled I Am Legend Reboot inspired by the book announced
The Near Departed 2012 Short
Person to Person 2011 Short short story
Real Steel 2011 short story "Steel"
Family Guy 2010 TV Series based on a short story by - 1 episode
The Last Rites of Richard Keene 2010 Short short story
The Holiday Man 2009 Short short story
The Box 2009/I short story "Button, Button"
L'esame 2007 Short novel
I Am Legend 2007 novel "I Am Legend"
I Am Omega 2007 Video novel "I Am Legend"
My Ambition 2006 Short short story "Blood Son"
The Box 2006/I Short story
Blood Son 2006 Short short story
Masters of Horror 2005 TV Series short story - 1 episode
Stir of Echoes 1999 novel "A Stir of Echoes"
What Dreams May Come 1998 novel "What Dreams May Come"
Trilogy of Terror II 1996 TV Movie screenplay - segment "Bobby" / story "Prey"
The Outer Limits 1996 TV Series short story - 1 episode
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics 1994 TV Movie teleplay
The Dreamer of Oz 1990 TV Movie story / teleplay
Loose Cannons 1990 written by
Amazing Stories TV Series short story - 2 episodes, 1986 - 1987 teleplay - 1 episode, 1986 written by - 1 episode, 1986
The Twilight Zone TV Series based on the short story by - 1 episode, 1986 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1986
Jaws 3-D 1983 screenplay
Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983 screenplay "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" - segments "4", "2", "3" / short story "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" - segment "4"
Prey 1983 Video short short story
Il fascino dell'insolito 1981 TV Series short story "Mad House" - 1 episode
The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 novel
Somewhere in Time 1980 novel "Bid Time Return" / screenplay
The Martian Chronicles 1980 TV Mini-Series writer - 3 episodes
Racconti di fantascienza 1979 TV Series story - 1 episode
Dead of Night 1977 TV Movie story - segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire" / written by - segments "Bobby", "No Such Thing as a Vampire", "Second Chance"
The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver 1977 TV Movie
Trilogy of Terror 1975 TV Movie short story - segment "Amelia" / story - segments "Julie", "Millicent and Therese" / written by - segment "Amelia"
The Stranger Within 1974 TV Movie short story / teleplay
Les seins de glace 1974 novel "Someone is Bleeding"
The Morning After 1974 TV Movie teleplay
Dracula 1974 TV Movie written by
Scream of the Wolf 1974 TV Movie teleplay
Dying Room Only 1973 TV Movie short story / teleplay
The Legend of Hell House 1973 novel "Hell House" / screenplay
Circle of Fear TV Series developer - 21 episodes, 1972 - 1973 developed for television by - 1 episode, 1973 writer - 1 episode, 1972
The Night Strangler 1973 TV Movie written by
The Night Stalker 1972 TV Movie teleplay
Night Gallery TV Series short story - 2 episodes, 1971 - 1972 teleplay - 2 episodes, 1971 - 1972
Duel 1971 TV Movie screenplay / story
The Omega Man 1971 novel "I Am Legend"
Cold Sweat 1970 novel "Ride the Nightmare"
'It's Alive!' 1969 TV Movie story "Being" - uncredited
De Sade 1969 screenplay
Journey to the Unknown 1968 TV Series story - 1 episode
The Devil Rides Out 1968 screenplay
Late Night Horror 1968 TV Series short story - 1 episode
Soy leyenda 1967 Short novel "I am legend"
The Young Warriors 1966 novel "The Beardless Warriors" / screenplay
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Star Trek 1966 TV Series written by - 1 episode
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Die! Die! My Darling! 1965 screenplay
The Last Man on Earth 1964 novel "I Am Legend" / screenplay - as Logan Swanson
The Twilight Zone TV Series written by - 14 episodes, 1960 - 1964 based on a short story by - 2 episodes, 1959 - 1960
The Comedy of Terrors 1963 novel - uncredited / screenplay
The Raven 1963 screenplay
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour TV Series teleplay - 1 episode, 1963 novel and teleplay - 1 episode, 1962
Combat! 1962 TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
Tales of Terror 1962 screenplay
Lawman 1960-1962 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Burn, Witch, Burn 1962 screenplay
Thriller 1961 TV Series adaptation - 1 episode
Pit and the Pendulum 1961 screenplay
Master of the World 1961 screenplay
House of Usher 1960 screenplay by
Cheyenne 1960 TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
Bourbon Street Beat TV Series story - 1 episode, 1960 teleplay - 1 episode, 1960
Have Gun - Will Travel 1960 TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve 1960 additional scenes - uncredited
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1959 TV Series story - 1 episode
The Beat Generation 1959 writer
Markham 1959 TV Series story - 1 episode
Buckskin 1959 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The D.A.'s Man 1959 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Now Is Tomorrow 1958 TV Movie written by
The Incredible Shrinking Man 1957 novel "The Shrinking Man" / screenplay
Young Couples Only 1955 TV Short story
Studio 57 1955 TV Series story - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amazing Stories 1986-1987 TV Series creative consultant - 11 episodes
Circle of Fear 1973 TV Series developed for television by - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Somewhere in Time 1980 Astonished Man - in 1912
The Godfather: A Novel for Television 1977 TV Mini-Series Senator #3 (uncredited)
Captains and the Kings 1976 TV Mini-Series President Garfield
The Godfather: Part II 1974 Senator #3 (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver 1977 TV Movie associate producer
The Comedy of Terrors 1963 associate producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rabid Love 2012 Short thanks
Blüm 2011 Short thanks
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 Documentary thanks
Richard Matheson: The Writing of 'Duel' 2004 Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Life After Death Project 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The AckerMonster Chronicles! 2012 Documentary Himself
Black Magic: The Making of the Devil Rides Out 2012 Video documentary short Himself - Original Screenwriter
Dark Dreamers 2011 TV Series Himself
This Week in Comedy 2010 TV Series Himself
Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man 2010 Documentary Himself
Creating 'I Am Legend' 2008 Video documentary Himself
20 heures le journal 2007 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The Fearmakers Collection 2007 Video documentary Himself
Trilogy of Terror: Terror Scribe 2006 Video documentary short Herself
Twilight Zone: The Definitive Edition Interviews 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy 2005 Video documentary Himself
Richard Matheson: The Writing of 'Duel' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Richard Matheson Storyteller: Comedy of Terrors 2003 Video short Himself
Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Raven 2003 Video short Himself
Back to 'Somewhere in Time' 2000 Video documentary Himself
Masters of Fantasy 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
100 Years of Horror: The Aristocrats of Evil 1996 Video documentary Himself
100 Years of Horror: The Evil Unseeable 1996 Video documentary Himself
100 Years of Horror 1996 TV Series documentary Himself - Author - 'Hell House' / Himself - Screenwriter - 'The Comedy of Terrors' / Himself - Screenwriter, 'The Devil's Bride' / ...
American Masters 1995 TV Series documentary Himself - Writer
The Famous Monsters 1993 World Convention Souvenir Video 1993 Video documentary
The Mike Douglas Show 1978 TV Series Himself - Author

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Writer (In Memoriam)
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Writer & Producer (In Memoriam)
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 1992 Video Senator #3

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
2011 Fangoria Horror Hall of Fame Fangoria Chainsaw Awards
1991 Lifetime Achievement Award Bram Stoker Awards
1973 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Television Feature or Miniseries The Night Stalker (1972)
1958 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) · Jack Arnold (director)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Anthology Episode/Single Program Amazing Stories (1985)
1984 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Jaws 3-D (1983) · Carl Gottlieb
· Guerdon Trueblood (story)
1981 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation The Martian Chronicles (1980) · Michael Anderson (director)
· Ray Bradbury (based on the collection)
1963 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Night of the Eagle (1962) · Sidney Hayers (director)
· Charles Beaumont (screenplay)
· George Baxt (screenplay)
· Fritz Leiber Jr. (based on the novel)

TitleSalary
Night of the Eagle (1962) $5,000
Pit and the Pendulum (1961) $5,000
Master of the World (1961) $5,000
House of Usher (1960) $5,000

#Quote
1 I wrote about real people and real circumstances and real neighborhoods. There was no crypt or castles or H.P. Lovecraft-type environments. They were just about normal people who had something bizarre happening to them in the neighborhood. I could never write about strange kingdoms. I could never do Harry Potter or anything like that. Even when I did science-fiction I didn't write about foreign planets and distant futures. I certainly never did fantasies about trolls living under bridges. I had to write about realistic circumstances. That's the way my brain works. And I think that gave me a sort of place in the field.
2 [on what the supernatural genre tells us about human beings] I think we're yearning for something beyond the every day. And I will tell you that I don't believe in the "supernatural," I believe in the "supernormal." To me there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it's because we haven't been able to understand it yet.


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