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Roderick Thorp (1936–1999)

Novelist, short-story writer, teacher -- and private detective. He wrote two novels that would be turned into theatrical films, "The Detective" (1966), which became The Detective (1968); and "Nothing Lasts Forever" (1979), which became Die Hard (1988). His 1986 novel "Rainbow Drive" was later produced as a made-for-TV movie. He taught literature ... See full bio »

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Die Hard Writer
Die Hard 2 Writer


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  McClane (characters) (announced)
 2013 A Good Day to Die Hard (certain original characters by)
 2007 Live Free or Die Hard (certain original character by)
 1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance (certain original characters by)
 1992 Devlin (TV Movie) (book)
 1990 Die Hard (Video Game) (inspired by the novel by - uncredited)
 1990 Rainbow Drive (TV Movie) (book)
 1990 Die Hard 2 (certain original characters by - as Roderick Thorpe)
 1988 Die Hard (based on the novel by)
 1968 The Detective (novel)
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 1994 Deep Down
Cook (as Roderick Spencer)
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 1996 Unsolved Mysteries (TV Series documentary)
- Episode #8.15 (1996) ... Self
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 2019 The Movies That Made Us (TV Series documentary)
- Die Hard (2019) ... Self

Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: Westfield (1977) See more »

Alternate Names:

Roderick Spencer | Roderick Thorpe

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Personal Quote:

We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.


Father of Stephen Thorp.

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