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Michael Crichton Net Worth

John Michael Crichton net worth is

$175 Million

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John Michael Crichton was born on 23 October 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an author, director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for his various best-selling novels. He has written books that have sold over 200 million copies internationally and a lot of them have been made into films. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing.

How rich is Michael Crichton? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $175 million, mostly earned through a successful career as a writer. He was responsible for the creation of many hits including “Disclosure”, “Jurassic Park”, and “ER”. He was called one of the pioneers of the techno-thriller genre and all of these ensured the position of his wealth.

Michael Crichton Net Worth $175 million

Michael had developed an interest in writing at a very young age and it may have been due to the journalistic influence of his father. At the age of 14, he had already published an article in The New York Times and later attended Harvard College in 1960. He studied literature, but then decided to switch to biological anthropology because of politics with one of his professors. He was then given a Henry Russel Shaw Travelling Fellowship and also taught in the University of Cambridge in the UK. He then attended Harvard Medical School where he started writing once again, making novels under pen names such as John Lange. In 1969, he won his first Edgar Award for Best Novel for his work “A Case of Need”. He graduated from Harvard in the same year but never pursued a medical license, instead opting to fully dedicate himself to writing.

Crichton’s first novel was called “Odds On” which he wrote under the pen name John Lange. A year later he wrote “Scratch One” which was about a lawyer who is mistaken for an assassin. In 1968, he wrote two novels “A Case of Need” and “Easy Go” which was about an Egyptologist who discovers a hidden message leading to an un-named Pharaoh whose tomb is yet to be discovered. The following year, he would make more books including “Zero Cool”, “The Venom Business”, and “The Andromeda Strain” which solidified his status as a best-selling author. The book was a bout a group of scientists discovering an extra-terrestrial microorganism that causes death via blood clotting. In 1970, he wrote “Grave Descent”, Drug of Choice”, and “Dealing: or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues” which he made with his younger brother. Two years later he wrote “Binary” and “The Terminal Man” which was eventually made into a film in 1974 but didn’t receive much attention.

Crichton would continue to show his versatility with the historical novel “The Great Train Robbery”, and the scientific “Eaters of the Dead”. In 1980, he wrote “Congo” which would become a film starring Laura Linney. Seven years later, he created “Sphere” which was then made into a film starring Dustin Hoffman. He also wrote “Jurassic Park” which would eventually become a hit movie franchise. He continued working with Steven Spielberg and they would create the series “ER” and would then make another novel made into a film in “Rising Sun”. He continued making more novels with “Disclosure” and “The Lost World” which was a sequel to Jurassic Park.

In 1999, he wrote “Timeline” which would then lead to the video game of the same name. He then created “Prey” and “State of Fear” which would reach the number 1 spot on Amazon.com. The last published book he had was “Next” and after his death, it was discovered he had two manuscripts “Pirate Latitudes” and “Micro” that were partially completed.

For his personal life, it is known that Crichton was a workaholic and would spend a lot of time writing his novels. Aside from that, he practiced a meditation and was a deist. He married five times during his life which was to Joan Radam, Kathleen St. Johns, Suzanna Childs, and actress Anne-Marie Martin. His last marriage was to Sherri Alexander who was pregnant with their son when he died.

Full Name Michael Crichton
Net Worth $175 Million
Date Of Birth October 23, 1942
Died November 4, 2008, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height 6′ 9″ (2.06 m)
Profession Author
Education Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Harvard College, Roslyn High School
Nationality American
Spouse Sherri Alexander (m. 2005–2008), Anne-Marie Martin (m. 1987–2003), Suzanne Childs (m. 1981–1983), Kathy St. Johns (m. 1978–1980), Joan Radam (m. 1965–1970)
Children Taylor Anne Crichton , John Michael Todd Crichton
Parents Zula Miller Crichton, John Henderson Crichton
Siblings Douglas Crichton, Catherine Crichton, Kimberly Crichton
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000341/
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Edgar Award for Best Novel, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Technical Achievement, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Long Form – Original, PGA Televisio…
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Nebula Award for Best Script, Prometheus Award for Best Novel
Movies Westworld, Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, The 13th Warrior, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Congo, Sphere, Timeline, Disclosure, The First Great Train Robbery, Rising Sun, Twister, Looker, Runaway, Jurassic Park III, The Terminal Man, The Carey Treatment, The Andromeda Strain, Physical Evidence, Coma…
TV Shows ER, Beyond Westworld
# Trademark
1 Known for doing exhaustive research
2 Often expresses complex scientific terminology and theories in more layman’s terms
3 Towering height and slender frame
4 Tells the story through multiple characters’ viewpoints
5 Cautionary tales about the dangers of technology
Title Salary
Twister (1996) $2,500,000
# Quote
1 Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.
2 The American media produce a product of very poor quality. Its information is not reliable, it has too much chrome and glitz, its doors rattle, it breaks down almost immediately, and it’s sold without warranty. It’s flashy, but it’s basically junk.
3 The belief that there are other life forms in the universe is a matter of faith. There is not a single shred of evidence for any other life forms, and in forty years of searching, none has been discovered. There is absolutely no evidentiary reason to maintain this belief.
4 I want a news service that tells me what no one knows but is true nonetheless.
5 Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.
6 We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion.
7 The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals fight for territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings fight for their ‘beliefs.’
8 Human beings never think for themselves; they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told – and become upset if they are exposed to any different view.
9 They are focused on whether they can do something. They never think whether they should do something.
10 Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
11 I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward, during surgery, or while drawing blood.
12 Readers probably haven’t heard much about it yet, but they will. Quantum technology turns ordinary reality upside down.
13 I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.
14 We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our ideas.
15 In the information society, nobody thinks. We expect to banish paper, but we actually banish thought.
16 I went to a museum and they had this sideshow. There was a little boy who couldn’t have been more than six. His feet didn’t even touch the ground. Each time they showed a dinosaur he would shout, “Tyrannosaurus!” “Stegosaurus!”. He did that for an hour and I thought, “What is it about dinosaurs that’s so fascinating?” That’s when I decided to write “Jurassic Park”.
17 [First line of his autobiography] It’s not easy to cut through a human head with a hacksaw.”
# Fact
1 Of all the film adaptations made from his novels, he said that the best was Jurassic Park (1993) and the worst was The Terminal Man (1974).
2 After the success of Jurassic Park (1993), Rising Sun (1993), Disclosure (1994) and Congo (1995) (all adaptations of Crichton’s novels), he was paid a substantial amount for the movie rights of his future bestseller Airframe before it was even published. Sigourney Weaver, Gwyneth Paltrow and Demi Moore were reportedly linked to the project. However, the movie adaptation was permanently shelved when Crichton could not agree on a screenplay that he liked, after which he returned the money.
3 He wrote a screenplay about a genetically engineered dinosaur in 1983 but it was never produced.
4 Son, John Michael Todd Crichton, was born February 12, 2009, three months after his death.
5 Became a vocal skeptic of environmentalism and global warming later in his career.
6 Original Job: Anthropology professor.
7 His first child and daughter, Taylor Anne, was born in 1989.
8 Biography/bibliography in: “Contemporary Authors”. New Revision Series, volume 127, pages 65-72. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, 1994.
9 Frequently hired Jerry Goldsmith to compose the scores for his films.
10 After failing to get producers interested in ER (1994) in 1970, the script sat in a metal safe for twenty years until Steven Spielberg heard about it.
11 Director Nicolas Roeg originally wanted him to play the alien in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). The role eventually went to androgynous rock star David Bowie instead.
12 When writing a script or book, he always eats the same thing for lunch to aid his concentration. When writing Jurassic Park (1993), for example, he ate egg salad sandwiches with lots of pepper.
13 He has related the story of his first visit to a movie studio, Universal, which was about to produce The Andromeda Strain (1971). A young novice director named Steven Spielberg was assigned the task of giving him a tour of the studio. It was almost 20 years later that he was contacted by Spielberg for a potential project that was dropped in favor of another of his stories, Jurassic Park (1993).
14 ER (1994) began its life in the early 1970s as E.W.: Emergency Ward, which was what they were called at the time, and was a full-length film script. He was unable to get it produced. Steven Spielberg contacted him about it in 1989, expressing interest in turning it into a movie. It was dropped when Spielberg heard about Jurassic Park (1993). During the film’s production, someone else at Amblin Entertainment read it and suggested that it was better suited for a television series.
15 Has written two stories about futuristic theme parks that go haywire: Westworld (1973) and Jurassic Park (1993). Both films feature actors who worked with John Sturges. Yul Brynner appeared in The Magnificent Seven (1960), and referenced his earlier role as the robotic gunslinger. Richard Attenborough appeared in The Great Escape (1963).
16 Biography in John Wakeman, editor, “World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985,” pp. 248-250. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
17 Was tied up and robbed at gunpoint by masked men in his home in Santa Monica, California, on 23 September 2002. No one was harmed.
18 Played basketball at Roslyn High School
19 Raised in Roslyn, New York.
20 Education: Harvard Medical School.
21 Association of American Medical Writers award for “Five Patients.” [1970]
22 Mystery Writer’s of America Edgar award for The Great Train Robbery (1979). [1980]
23 Mystery Writer’s of America Edgar award for “A Case of Need.” [1968]
24 Visiting writer, MIT. [1988]
25 Michael was exorcised in 1986.


Title Year Status Character
Untitled Jurassic World Sequel 2018 characters filming
Westworld TV Series based on the film written by – 10 episodes, 2016 story – 1 episode, 2016
Lego Dimensions 2015 Video Game characters created by – uncredited
Jurassic World 2015 characters
Sala de Urgencias 2015 TV Series format creator – 1 episode
Aberrant Forms: A Jurassic Short 2014 Short based on characters created by
Jurassic Park: The Game 2011 Video Game characters
ER TV Series created by – 331 episodes, 1994 – 2009 written by – 1 episode, 1994
The Andromeda Strain 2008 TV Mini-Series novel – 4 episodes
Timeline 2003 novel
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis 2003 Video Game characters
Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure 2001 Video Game concept: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park: Scan Command 2001 Video Game original concept
Jurassic Park III: The DNA Factor 2001 Video Game original concept
Jurassic Park III 2001 characters
Warpath: Jurassic Park 1999 Video Game original concept
The 13th Warrior 1999 novel “Eaters of the Dead”
Trespasser 1998 Video Game character John Hammond
Sphere 1998 novel
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 novel “The Lost World”
The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Chaos Island 1997 Video Game characters
Twister 1996 written by
Congo 1995 novel
Disclosure 1994 novel
Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition 1994 Video Game original characters – uncredited
Rising Sun 1993 novel / screenplay
The Real Jurassic Park 1993 TV Movie documentary
Jurassic Park 1993 novel / screenplay
Jurassic Park 1993/I Video Game characters
Runaway 1984/I written by
Looker 1981 written by
Beyond Westworld 1980 TV Series creator – 5 episodes
The Great Train Robbery 1979 novel / screenplay
Coma 1978 screenplay
The Terminal Man 1974 novel
Insight 1971-1974 TV Series written by – 3 episodes
Westworld 1973 written by
Extreme Close-Up 1973 writer
Pursuit 1972 TV Movie novel “Binary” – as John Lange
The Carey Treatment 1972 novel “A Case of Need” – as Jeffery Hudson
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues 1972 novel – as Michael Douglas
The Andromeda Strain 1971 novel


Title Year Status Character
ER 1994-2009 TV Series executive producer – 331 episodes
The 13th Warrior 1999 producer
Sphere 1998 producer
Twister 1996 producer
Disclosure 1994 producer
Information Processing 1971 Documentary short consulting producer


Title Year Status Character
The 13th Warrior 1999 reshoots, uncredited
Physical Evidence 1989
Runaway 1984/I
Looker 1981
The Great Train Robbery 1979
Coma 1978
Westworld 1973
Pursuit 1972 TV Movie


Title Year Status Character
The Andromeda Strain 1971 Bearded Surgeon (uncredited)


Title Year Status Character
Jurassic Park: Island Survival dedicated in loving memory of pre-production
Jurassic Park: Prime Survival 2010 Short dedicated to
Threnody 2010/II Short special thanks
ER 2008 TV Series special acknowledgment – 1 episode
A Federal Case 2008 the producers wish to thank
Beneath the Surface: The Making of ‘Sphere’ 1998 TV Movie documentary special thanks


Title Year Status Character
The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo 2007 Documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 1995-2007 TV Series Himself – Guest
Continuarà… 2005 TV Series Himself
Els matins a TV3 2005 TV Series Himself
Druckfrisch 2005 TV Series Himself
NewsNight with Aaron Brown 2004 TV Series Himself
Richard & Judy 2004 TV Series Himself
Dateline NBC 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Sean Connery, an Intimate Portrait 2002 Documentary Himself
A Portrait of Michael Crichton 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Beyond Jurassic Park 2001 Video Himself – Writer
The Andromeda Strain: Making the Film 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Jurassic Park Phenomenon: A Discussion with Author Michael Crichton 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema & the Myth of Cool 2001 Documentary Himself
Jurassic Park: Behind the Scenes 2000 Video short Himself
Closer to Truth 2000 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 1998 TV Series documentary short Himself
Beneath the Surface: The Making of ‘Sphere’ 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Making the ‘Lost World’ 1997 Video documentary Himself
Sean Connery Close Up 1997 Video documentary Himself
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 TV Special Himself – Presenter
The 21st Annual People’s Choice Awards 1995 TV Special Himself – Accepting Award for Favorite Television Dramatic Series / New Dramatic Television Series
The Making of ‘Jurassic Park’ 1995 Video documentary Himself – Author, ‘Jurassic Park’
The Making of ‘Jurassic Park’ 1993 Video short Himself
All Aboard: Riding the Rails of American Film 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
On Location with Westworld 1973 Short Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1972 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself – Author

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Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1998 Life Career Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1997 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million Twister (1996)
1996 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series ER (1994)
1996 Lucien Barrière Literary Award Deauville Film Festival For the novel “The Lost World”.
1996 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Original Long Form ER (1994)
1995 Technical Achievement Award Academy Awards, USA
1995 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television ER (1994)
1995 Wise Owl Award – Honorable Mention Retirement Research Foundation, USA Television and Theatrical Film Fiction ER (1994)
1994 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Writing Jurassic Park (1993)
1994 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Jurassic Park (1993)
1985 Best Science-Fiction Film Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF) Looker (1981)
1980 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Motion Picture The First Great Train Robbery (1979)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series ER (1994)
2000 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series ER (1994)
1999 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series ER (1994)
1998 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series ER (1994)
1997 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series ER (1994)
1995 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series ER (1994)
1995 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series ER (1994)
1994 Bram Stoker Award Bram Stoker Awards Other Media Jurassic Park (1993)
1974 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Westworld (1973)
1974 Nebula Award Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Best Dramatic Presentation Westworld (1973)
1972 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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