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Richard Matheson (I) (1926–2013)


Born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, Richard Burton Matheson first became a published author while still a child, when his stories and poems ran in the "Brooklyn Eagle". A lifelong reader of fantasy tales, he made his professional writing bow in 1950 when his short story "Born of Man and Woman"? appeared in "The Magazine of Fantasy and ... See full bio »

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Known For

I Am Legend
I Am Legend Writer
(2007)
Duel
Duel Writer
(1971)
Real Steel
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(2011)

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 2010 Family Guy (TV Series) (based on a short story by - 1 episode)
- The Splendid Source (2010) ... (based on a short story by)
 2005 Masters of Horror (TV Series) (short story - 1 episode)
- Dance of the Dead (2005) ... (short story)
 1996 Trilogy of Terror II (TV Movie) (screenplay - segment "Bobby") / (story "Prey")
 1996 The Outer Limits (TV Series) (short story - 1 episode)
- First Anniversary (1996) ... (short story - as Richard Matheson Sr.)
 1994 Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1990 The Dreamer of Oz (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay)
  Amazing Stories (TV Series) (short story - 2 episodes, 1986 - 1987) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1986) (written by - 1 episode, 1986)
- Miss Stardust (1987) ... (short story)
- One for the Books (1986) ... (short story) / (teleplay)
- The Doll (1986) ... (written by)
  The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (based on the short story by - 1 episode, 1986) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1986)
- Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986) ... (based on the short story by - segment "Button, Button") / (teleplay by - segment "Button, Button", as Logan Swanson)
 1981 Il fascino dell'insolito (TV Series) (short story "Mad House" - 1 episode)
- La casa della follia (1981) ... (short story "Mad House")
 1980 The Martian Chronicles (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Martians (1980) ... (writer)
- The Settlers (1980) ... (writer)
- The Expeditions (1980) ... (writer)
 1979 Racconti di fantascienza (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- L'esame (1979) ... (story)
 1977 Dead of Night (TV Movie) (story - segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire") / (written by - segments "Bobby", "No Such Thing as a Vampire", "Second Chance")
 1975 Trilogy of Terror (TV Movie) (short story - segment "Amelia") / (story - segments "Julie", "Millicent and Therese") / (written by - segment "Amelia")
 1974 The Stranger Within (TV Movie) (short story) / (teleplay)
 1974 The Morning After (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1974 Dracula (TV Movie) (written by)
 1974 Scream of the Wolf (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1973 Dying Room Only (TV Movie) (short story) / (teleplay)
  Circle of Fear (TV Series) (developer - 21 episodes, 1972 - 1973) (developed for television by - 1 episode, 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1972)
- The Phantom of Herald Square (1973) ... (developer)
- The Ghost of Potter's Field (1973) ... (developer)
- Graveyard Shift (1973) ... (developer)
- Legion of Demons (1973) ... (developed for television by)
- Doorway to Death (1973) ... (developer)
 1973 The Night Strangler (TV Movie) (written by)
 1972 The Night Stalker (TV Movie) (teleplay)
  Night Gallery (TV Series) (short story - 2 episodes, 1971 - 1972) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1971 - 1972)
- Green Fingers/The Funeral/The Tune in Dan's Cafe (1972) ... (short story - segment "The Funeral") / (teleplay - segment "The Funeral")
- The Diary/A Matter of Semantics/Big Surprise/Professor Peabody's Last Lecture (1971) ... (short story - segment "Big Surprise") / (teleplay - segment "Big Surprise")
 1971 Duel (TV Movie) (screenplay) / (story)
 1969 'It's Alive!' (TV Movie) (story "Being" - uncredited)
 1968 Journey to the Unknown (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Girl of My Dreams (1968) ... (story)
 1968 Late Night Horror (TV Series) (short story - 1 episode)
- No Such Thing as a Vampire (1968) ... (short story)
 1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Atlantis Affair (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 Star Trek (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Enemy Within (1966) ... (written by)
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Time of Flight (1966) ... (writer)
  The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (written by - 14 episodes, 1960 - 1964) (based on a short story by - 2 episodes, 1959 - 1960)
- Spur of the Moment (1964) ... (written by)
- Night Call (1964) ... (written by)
- Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) ... (written by)
- Steel (1963) ... (written by)
- Death Ship (1963) ... (written by)
  The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1963) (novel and teleplay - 1 episode, 1962)
- The Thirty-First of February (1963) ... (teleplay - as Logan Swanson)
- Ride the Nightmare (1962) ... (novel and teleplay)
 1962 Combat! (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Forgotten Front (1962) ... (teleplay - as Logan Swanson)
 1960-1962 Lawman (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- The Actor (1962) ... (writer)
- Homecoming (1961) ... (writer)
- Cornered (1960) ... (writer)
- Samson the Great (1960) ... (writer)
- Yawkey (1960) ... (writer)
 1961 Thriller (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- The Return of Andrew Bentley (1961) ... (adaptation)
 1960 Cheyenne (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Home Is the Brave (1960) ... (teleplay)
  Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1960) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1960)
- Target of Hate (1960) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1960 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Lady on the Wall (1960) ... (written by)
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Healing Woman (1959) ... (story)
 1959 Markham (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Marble Face (1959) ... (story)
 1959 Buckskin (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Act of Faith (1959) ... (writer)
 1959 The D.A.'s Man (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Iron Mike Benedict (1959) ... (writer)
 1958 Now Is Tomorrow (TV Movie) (written by)
 1955 Young Couples Only (TV Short) (story)
 1955 Studio 57 (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Young Couples Only (1955) ... (story)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Short story collection: "Collected Stories" See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 10 Interviews | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Richard Matheson Sr. | Logan Swanson
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Personal Quote:

I wrote about real people and real circumstances and real neighborhoods. There was no crypt or castles or H.P. Lovecraft-type environments. They were just about normal people who had something bizarre happening to them in the neighborhood. I could never write about strange kingdoms. I could never do Harry Potter or anything like that. Even when I did science-fiction I didn't write about foreign ... See more »

Trivia:

Father of writers Chris Matheson, Ali Marie Matheson and Richard Christian Matheson. He adopted his wife's daughter from a previous marriage named Bettina Louise Matheson (B. 1950). See more »

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