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John D. MacDonald (1916–1986)

John Dann MacDonald was born on July 24, 1916, in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He served in the OSS in the far east during World War Two. While still in the military, he wrote a short story and mailed it home to his wife, simply for her entertainment. Unknown to him, she submitted it to the magazine "Story", and it was accepted. This launched a writing ... See full bio »

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 1993 Linda (TV Movie) (novella "Linda")
 1991 Cape Fear (novel "The Executioners")
 1985 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Ring Around the Redhead (1985) ... (story)
 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- A Flash of Green (1984) ... (novel)
 1983 Travis McGee (TV Movie) (novel "The Empty Copper Sea")
 1981 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite (TV Movie) (characters)
 1980 Condominium (TV Movie) (novel)
 1980 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (TV Movie) (novel)
 1973 Linda (TV Movie) (novel)
 1970 Darker Than Amber (novel "Darker Than Amber")
 1968 Kona Coast (story "Bimini Gal")
 1967-1968 Run for Your Life (TV Series) (novel - 3 episodes)
- Beware My Love (1968) ... (novel)
- Cry Hard, Cry Fast: Part 2 (1967) ... (novel)
- Cry Hard, Cry Fast: Part 1 (1967) ... (novel)
 1967 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Trap of Solid Gold (1967) ... (story)
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series) (novel "The Drowner" - 1 episode)
- The Deep End (1964) ... (novel "The Drowner")
 1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) (short story - 1 episode)
- Hangover (1962) ... (short story)
 1962 Cape Fear (novel "The Executioners")
 1961 Man-Trap (novel "Taint of the Tiger")
 1961 The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Wheel of Fortune (1961) ... (teleplay)
 1960 Thriller (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Fatal Impulse (1960) ... (story)
 1958 Studio 57 (TV Series) (story "The Homesick Buick" - 1 episode)
- Getaway Car (1958) ... (story "The Homesick Buick")
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- First Prize for Murder (1957) ... (story)
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- In a Small Motel (1956) ... (story)
 1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) (original story - 1 episode)
- Who's the Blonde? (1955) ... (original story)
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- First Offense (1955) ... (story)
 1955 Climax! (TV Series) (novel: "The Damned" - 1 episode)
- South of the Sun (1955) ... (novel: "The Damned")
 1951-1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes)
- A Child Is Crying (1952) ... (story)
- A Child Is Crying (1951) ... (story - as John MacDonald)
 1951 Out There (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Susceptibility (1951) ... (story)
 1950 Lights Out (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- A Child Is Crying (1950) ... (story)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel (featuring Travis McGee): "The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper" See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

John MacDonald

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly.


Known best for his fictional detective Travis McGee who, in MacDonald's books, lived on a house boat in the Bahia Mar marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Bahia Mar actually does exist and slip F-18, McGee's slip, is kept perpetually empty. The slip also features a bronze plaque memorializing both the author and his creation. See more »


His stories often contain villains who enjoy sexually preying on vulnerable women. See more »

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