Richard Matheson

1926 - 2013

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Richard Burton Matheson (February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013) was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is best known as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 science fiction horror novel that has been adapted for the screen three times. Matheson himself was co-writer of the first film version, The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price, which was released in 1964. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Matheson has received more than 1,371,674 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Richard Matheson is the 969th most popular writer (down from 870th in 2019), the 1,129th most popular biography from United States (down from 935th in 2019) and the 112th most popular Writer.

Richard Matheson is most famous for his horror novel "I Am Legend" which was adapted into a film starring Will Smith.

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Among writers, Richard Matheson ranks 969 out of 5,755Before him are Juan Antonio Villacañas, Ivana Trump, E. M. Forster, Garcilaso de la Vega, Ernst Hanfstaengl, and Sugawara no Michizane. After him are Jean-Claude Carrière, Edogawa Ranpo, Gnaeus Naevius, Stephen Crane, James Brendan Connolly, and Donna Leon.

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Among people born in 1926, Richard Matheson ranks 65Before him are Noah Gordon, Abdus Salam, Abdoulaye Wade, Harry Dean Stanton, John Fowles, and Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba. After him are George Habash, Joan Sutherland, César Pelli, Shohei Imamura, Kim Jae-gyu, and Gyula Grosics. Among people deceased in 2013, Richard Matheson ranks 44Before him are James M. Buchanan, Ieng Sary, Ronald Dworkin, Jerome Karle, Nagisa Oshima, and Jesús Franco. After him are Viktor Kulikov, Lawrence Klein, Manfred Rommel, J. J. Cale, Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, and Tadeusz Mazowiecki.

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Among people born in United States, Richard Matheson ranks 1,129 out of 18,182Before him are Jeff Koons (1955), Jimmy Connors (1952), Liliʻuokalani (1838), Robert Knepper (1959), Jaco Pastorius (1951), and Lance Henriksen (1940). After him are Ron Jeremy (1953), Louis Ignarro (1941), Stephen Crane (1871), James Brendan Connolly (1868), Dred Scott (1795), and Marcheline Bertrand (1950).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Richard Matheson ranks 112Before him are Noah Gordon (1926), James Jones (1921), Roger Zelazny (1937), Marshall Rosenberg (1934), Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840), and Eleanor H. Porter (1868). After him are Stephen Crane (1871), James Brendan Connolly (1868), Donna Leon (1942), Daniel Keyes (1927), William Gibson (1948), and Martha Gellhorn (1908).