Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson

Birth
Allendale, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Death 23 Jun 2013 (aged 87)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 112825109 · View Source
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Author, Screenwriter. He will perhaps be best remembered for penning the novel "I Am Legend" (1954), which became the basis for three motion picture story lines ("The Last Man on Earth", 1964, "The Omega Man", 1971 and "I Am Legend" 2007). Additionally, he wrote the story for the classic episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" from the TV series "The Twilight Zone" which featured William Shatner. Born Richard Burton Matheson, to parents of Norwegian descent, he was raised in Brooklyn where he attended high school and during World War II, he served with the United States Military as an infantryman stationed in Germany. Upon his return home, he attained a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and made his initial mark as a science-fiction writer, when his stories "Born of Man and Woman" and "Third from the Sun" (both 1950) were printed in the publication The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. His work "The Shrinking Man" (1956) was adapted into what would become a classic film "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957), for which Matheson also contributed to the screenplay. He went onto pen scores of memorable film and television stories among them the episode titled "The Enemy Within" from the series "Star Trek" (1966), "Duel" (1971, one of Steven Spielberg's earliest efforts) and "The Night Stalker" (1973, for which earned Matheson an Edgar Allan Poe Award).

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Matheson (20 Feb 1926–23 Jun 2013), Find a Grave Memorial no. 112825109, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.