Michael Crichton, creator of mega hits from â€œJurassic Parkâ€ to â€œTwisterâ€ and TVâ€™s â€œERâ€ loses his battle to cancer.
By Jeffrey Jolson
HOLLYWOOD,CA(RushPRnews/Hollywood Today)11/6/08 – Best-selling author, director and screenwriter Michael Crichton succumbed to cancer at 66. Ironically, his favorite theme in everything from â€œJurassic Park,â€ â€œAndromeda Strain,â€ â€œCongo,â€ â€œER,â€ and â€œTwisterâ€ was how nature comes up suddenly and snaps over science and technology when push comes to shove. He died in such a matter on Tuesday when he passed unexpectedly, despite his riches and advanced medical attention in Los Angeles.
It was not generally known he had an illness. His family described as a â€œcourageous and private battle against cancer.â€
Filmmaking cohort Steven Spielberg said â€œMichaelâ€™s talent out-scaled even his own dinosaurs of â€˜Jurassic Park.â€™ He was the greatest at blending science with big theatrical concepts, which is what gave credibility to dinosaurs again walking the Earth.â€
Crichton, was a medical doctor turned novelist and filmmaker whose books have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.
Spielberg added: â€œMichael was a gentle soul who reserved his flamboyant side for his novels. There is no one in the wings that will ever take his place.â€
â€œAndromedaâ€ also was the first novel by Crichton to be made into a Hollywood film. He followed that success with â€œThe Terminal Man,â€ â€œThe Great Train Robberyâ€ and â€œCongo.â€
But Crichton eclipsed those novels with â€œJurassic Parkâ€ and â€œThe Lost World,â€ which became two of the top-grossing films of the 1990s. He also co-wrote the screenplay for â€œJurassic Parkâ€ and for the 1996 tornado thriller â€œTwister.â€
Crichton won a number of writing and film awards and an Emmy for his work on â€œER,â€ the popular and long-running NBC television hospital drama currently in its final season.
â€œWhile the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us â€” and entertained us all while doing so â€” his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes,â€ his family said in the statement.
â€œHe did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget.â€