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 1,248,802 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Richard Matheson is the 870th most popular writer (up from 908th in 2019), the 936th most popular biography from United States (up from 987th in 2019) and the 101st most popular American 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 870 out of 5,794Before him are Theodor Fontane, Julius Fučík, Pietro Bembo, Waris Dirie, Cao Xueqin, and Else Lasker-Schüler. After him are Kobayashi Issa, Nestor the Chronicler, Tukaram, Władysław Reymont, Bruce Chatwin, and Luqman.

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Among people born in 1926, Richard Matheson ranks 54Before him are John Fowles, Valdas Adamkus, Richard Crenna, Harry Dean Stanton, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Abdus Salam. After him are Irwin Rose, Sydney Chaplin, Nuon Chea, Steve Reeves, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, and Tsung-Dao Lee. Among people deceased in 2013, Richard Matheson ranks 37Before him are Ray Manzarek, Robert Coleman Richardson, Gylmar dos Santos Neves, Donald A. Glaser, Sung Jae-gi, and Richard Griffiths. After him are Ronald Dworkin, Manfred Rommel, James Avery, Boris Berezovsky, Ieng Sary, and Bert Trautmann.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Richard Matheson ranks 936 out of 15,968Before him are John Lithgow (1945), Richard E. Byrd (1888), Robert Lucas Jr. (1937), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Philip Warren Anderson (1923), and Judith Butler (1956). After him are Irwin Rose (1926), Michael Moore (1954), John Vincent Atanasoff (1903), Vincent Price (1911), Howard H. Aiken (1900), and Kobe Bryant (1978).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Richard Matheson ranks 101Before him are Thomas Pynchon (1937), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807), Solomon Northup (1808), James Jones (1921), John Updike (1932), and Virginia Satir (1916). After him are Walter Lippmann (1889), Jean Webster (1876), H. L. Mencken (1880), Irving Stone (1903), Irwin Shaw (1913), and Roger Zelazny (1937).