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Richard Christian Matheson

Richard Christian Matheson

American writer and screenwriter
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American writer and screenwriter
Countries United States of America
Occupations Screenwriter Science fiction writer
Gender male
Birth 14 October 1953 (Los Angeles)
Father: Richard Matheson
The details

Richard Christian Matheson (born October 14, 1953) is an American writer of horror fiction and screenplays. He is the author of over 100 critically hailed short stories of psychological horror and magic realism which are gathered in his landmark short story collections Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks #1 bestseller Dystopia and Zoopraxis. He is the author of the critically celebrated suspense novel Created By and Hollywood novella The Ritual of Illusion, and was the editor of the commemorative book Battleground. He wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for Three O'Clock High, Full Eclipse, It Takes Two, Loose Cannons, Paradise, It Waits, Happy Face Killer, Voice of Midway, Dean Koontz's Soul Survivor as a 4-hour mini series, three Masters of Horror episodes, Stephen King's Big Driver, He wrote for the legendary Amazing Stories, miniseries Nightmares & Dreamscapes and twenty comedy and drama pilots. He co-created and co-wrote all 13 episodes of the highly successful comedy series Chemistry. He has been executive story consultant, supervising producer and executive producer for network television series. He is also the co-executive producer of the films Cub, It Waits, Paradise, Full Eclipse and Big Driver.

Personal life

His father was fiction writer and screenwriter Richard Matheson and his paternal grandparents are from Norway.

Selected filmography

  • Three's Company (1978) (TV)
  • The Incredible Hulk (1978–79) (TV)
  • The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979) (TV)
  • Stone (1980) (TV)
  • Enos (1980) (TV)
  • B.J. and the Bear (1981) (TV)
  • The Powers of Matthew Star (1982) (TV)
  • Knight Rider (1982) (TV)
  • The A-Team (1983–86) (TV)
  • Hardcastle and McCormick (1984–85) (TV)
  • Stingray (1985) (TV)
  • Stir Crazy (1986) (TV)
  • Hunter (1985) (TV)
  • Amazing Stories (1986–87) (TV)
  • Three O'Clock High (with Thomas E. Szollosi) (1987)
  • It Takes Two (with Thomas E. Szollosi) (1988)
  • Loose Cannons (with Richard Matheson and Bob Clark) (1990)
  • Tales from the Crypt (1991) (TV)
  • The Torkelsons (1992) (TV)
  • Full Eclipse (with Michael Reaves) (1993) (TV)
  • Sole Survivor (2000)
  • Paradise (co-writer/creator/executive producer w/ Norman Steinberg) (2004) (TV)
  • Masters of Horror (2005–06) (TV)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) (TV)
  • Chemistry (co-writer/creator/executive producer with Norman Steinberg) (2011) (TV)
  • Happy Face Killer (2014) (TV)
  • Voices of Midway (2014)
  • Big Driver (2014) (writer/co-executive producer)
  • Cub (2014) (co-executive producer)

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