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Alistair MacLean

1922 - 1987

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Alistair Stuart MacLean (Scottish Gaelic: Alasdair MacGill-Eain; 21 April 1922 – 2 February 1987) was a Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories. Many of his novels have been adapted to film, most notably The Guns of Navarone (1957) and Ice Station Zebra (1963). In the late 1960s, encouraged by film producer Elliott Kastner, MacLean began to write original screenplays, concurrently with an accompanying novel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alistair MacLean has received more than 1,047,550 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Alistair MacLean is the 1,579th most popular writer (down from 1,274th in 2019), the 1,262nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 993rd in 2019) and the 134th most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Alistair MacLean ranks 1,579 out of 5,755Before him are Sergei Dovlatov, Alexander Belyaev, Alice Walker, Olaudah Equiano, James Ellroy, and Ippolita Maria Sforza. After him are Muhammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti, Sri Chinmoy, Yan Fu, Táhirih, Remy de Gourmont, and Else Lasker-Schüler.

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Among people born in 1922, Alistair MacLean ranks 101Before him are Yuri Averbakh, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Paul Marcinkus, Hussein Onn, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, and Carlos Andrés Pérez. After him are Michael Ventris, José Froilán González, Sven Nykvist, Cyd Charisse, Ferenc Deák, and Ken Noritake. Among people deceased in 1987, Alistair MacLean ranks 52Before him are Buddy Rich, Liberace, Eugen Jochum, Américo Tomás, Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover, and Salim Ali. After him are William Stuart-Houston, Bob Fosse, Federico Mompou, Camille Chamoun, Andrei Mironov, and Anny Ondra.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Alistair MacLean ranks 1,262 out of 7,765Before him are Elizabeth de Burgh (1289), Mick Taylor (1949), Wallace Hartley (1878), John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury (1384), Louis Lucien Bonaparte (1813), and Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick (1475). After him are Charles Frederick Worth (1825), Thomas Reid (1710), George Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon (1827), Alexander Mackenzie (1764), William Stuart-Houston (1911), and Thomas Simpson (1710).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Alistair MacLean ranks 134Before him are Allen Carr (1934), Michael Moorcock (1939), Samuel Pepys (1633), Lee Child (1954), P. D. James (1920), and Elizabeth Siddal (1829). After him are Colin Wilson (1931), David Ogilvy (1911), Barbara Cartland (1901), Ted Hughes (1930), Ruth Rendell (1930), and Seamus Heaney (1939).