"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Michael Crichton Dies

Famed writer, producer, and filmmaker Michael Crichton died Tuesday at the age of 66 due to cancer. If you’re a fan of movies, TV and books, this man has a part in all three.

His books include Airframe, Congo, Jurassic Park, and Amdromeda Strain, Next, Timeline and many more. More then 150 million books are published worldwide and many turned into box office successes, especially the Jurassic Park franchise. His TV work included the creation of "ER" which is going to wrap up its 15th season next year.

"While the world knew him as a great story teller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us -- and entertained us all while doing so -- his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton 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," the statement said. "He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget."

Crichton won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for "ER." In 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini.

A legend of the entertainment industry. His work will be missed.

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