Stephen King

Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer
With sales of over 300 million copies of more than 70 books, plus dozens of stories adapted for film and television, Stephen King was the dominant American storyteller for over 25 years. While King wrote in a wide ... Read more »
Born: 09/21/1947 in Portland, Maine, USA

Filmography

Writer (80)

Cell 2015 (Movie)

(from novel: "Cell") (Source Material)

Cell 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gerald's Game 2015 (Movie)

(from novel: "Gerald's Game") (Source Material)

Haven 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Source Material

It: Part One 2015 (Movie)

(Book Author)

A Good Marriage 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Good Marriage 2014 (Movie)

(from novel: "A Good Marriage") (Source Material)

The Stand 2014 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Stand") (Source Material)

The Ten O'Clock People 2014 (Movie)

(from short story: "The Ten O'Clock People") (Source Material)

Carrie 2013 (Movie)

(from novel: "Carrie") (Source Material)

Mercy 2013 (Movie)

(from short story: "Gramma") (Source Material)

Stephen King's Bag of Bones 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Source Material

Children of the Corn 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Writer

Dolan's Cadillac 2010 (Movie)

(from short story: "Dolan's Cadillac") (Source Material)

1408 2007 (Movie)

(from short story: "1408") (Source Material)

The Dead Zone 2001 - 2007 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

The Mist 2007 (Movie)

from short story("The Mist") (From Story)

Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Source Material

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet 2004 (Movie)

(from novel: "Riding the Bullet") (Source Material)

Stephen King's Salem's Lot 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Source Material

The Secret Window 2004 (Movie)

(from novella: "Secret Window, Secret Garden") (Source Material)

Carrie 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

(from novel: "Dreamcatcher") (Source Material)

Firestarter: Rekindled 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

From Story

Hearts in Atlantis 2001 (Movie)

("Hearts of Atlantis") (Book as Source Material)

Hearts in Atlantis 2001 (Movie)

(Novel) (Source Material)

Children of the Corn: Revelation 2000 (Movie)

from short story("Children of the Corn") (From Story)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Green Mile") (Source Material)

The Rage: Carrie 2 1999 (Movie)

based on characters from novel("Carrie") (Characters as Source Material)

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

from novella("Apt Pupil") (Source Material (from novel))

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

Novel (Source Material)

Children of the Corn 666 1998 (Movie)

from novella("Children of the Corn") (Source Material (from novel))

Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror 1998 (Movie)

from short story("Children of the Corn") (From Story)

The X-Files 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Writer

Sometimes They Come Back...For More 1997 (Movie)

from short story("Sometimes They Come Back for More") (From Story)

Stephen King's The Night Flier 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

From Story

Michael Jackson's 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Sometimes They Come Back... Again 1996 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Thinner 1996 (Movie)

("Thinner") (Book as Source Material)

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

("Dolores Claiborne") (Source Material (from novel))

The Mangler 1995 (Movie)

from short story (From Story)

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (Movie)

(from novella: "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption") (Source Material)

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice 1993 (Movie)

from short story (From Story)

Needful Things 1993 (Movie)

("Needful Things") (Book as Source Material)

Stephen King's The Tommyknockers 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

The Dark Half 1993 (Movie)

("The Dark Half") (Source Material (from novel))

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lawnmower Man 1992 (Movie)

from short story (From Story)

Stephen King's It 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

From Story

Misery 1990 (Movie)

("Misery") (Source Material (from novel))

Stephen King's Graveyard Shift 1990 (Movie)

from short story("Graveyard Shift" in anthology "Night Shift") (From Story)

Tales From the Darkside: the Movie 1990 (Movie)

("Cat From Hell") (From Story)

Pet Sematary 1989 (Movie)

("Pet Sematary") (Source Material (from novel))

Pet Sematary 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Return to Salem's Lot 1987 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The Running Man 1987 (Movie)

("The Running Man") (Source Material (from novel))

Maximum Overdrive 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Maximum Overdrive 1986 (Movie)

from short story("Trucks" in anthology "Night Shift") (From Story)

Stand By Me 1986 (Movie)

from novella("The Body") (Source Material (from novel))

Silver Bullet 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silver Bullet 1985 (Movie)

from novelette("Cycle of the Werewolf") (Source Material (from novel))

Stephen King's Cat's Eye 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Firestarter 1984 (Movie)

("Firestarter") (Source Material (from novel))

Stephen King's Children of the Corn 1984 (Movie)

("Children of the Corn") (From Story)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

("Christine") (Source Material (from novel))

Cujo 1983 (Movie)

("Cujo") (Source Material (from novel))

The Dead Zone 1983 (Movie)

("The Dead Zone") (Source Material (from novel))

The Dead Zone 1983 (Movie)

(Novel: THE DEAD ZONE) (Source Material)

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

("The Crate") (From Story)

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Shining 1980 (Movie)

Novel as Source Material (Source Material (from novel))

Carrie 1976 (Movie)

(from novel:"Carrie") (Source Material)

Bag of Bones (Movie)

(Book Author)

Big Driver (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Quicksilver Highway (TV Show)

From Story

Salem's Lot (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

The Walking Dead (Tv Show)

Writer

Trucks (TV Show)

From Story
Actor (19)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Under the Dome 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stuck in Love 2013 (Movie)

(Cameo)

The Horrors of Stephen King 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Rose Red 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King: Master of Macabre 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

The X-Files Movie Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's The Shining 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Thinner 1996 (Movie)

Pharmacist (Actor)

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Stephen King's "The Langoliers" 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's The Stand 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers 1992 (Movie)

Cemetery Caretaker (Actor)

Pet Sematary 1989 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

Creepshow 2 1987 (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

Jordy Verrill (Actor)

Fear in the Dark (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stephen King's Storm of the Century 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stephen King's Golden Years 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Stephen King's Desperation (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

Maximum Overdrive 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (6)

Hearts in Atlantis 2001 (Movie)

from stories("Low Men in Yellow Coats" "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling") (Other)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Michael Jackson's 1996 (Movie)

from original concept (Other)

Under the Car 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

A Return to Salem's Lot 1987 (Movie)

(Creative Consultant)

Creepshow 2 1987 (Movie)

from stories("Old Chief Wood'n Head" "The Hitchhiker" "The Raft") (Other)

Biography

With sales of over 300 million copies of more than 70 books, plus dozens of stories adapted for film and television, Stephen King was the dominant American storyteller for over 25 years. While King wrote in a wide variety of genres, from the coming-of-age short story The Body (1982) to the psychological thriller Misery (1987), King was most closely associated with horror and fantasy stories with supernatural elements. A great storyteller with an eye for detail and an accessible narrative tone, King always grounded his fantastic elements in recognizable environments, while his demons often highlighted the rocky emotional dynamics of families and the ravages of dysfunction and addiction. Cultural critic Robin Wood once concluded that "The horrors of the King world are the horrors of our culture writ large, made visible and inescapable." With this curious but huge appeal, the name Stephen King became a powerful brand that sold books and film tickets, even though his name attachment to a film was hardly a guarantee of a good movie. Among the best King-based feature films were Brian De Palma's "Carrie" (1976), David Cronenberg's "The Dead Zone" (1983), Rob Reiner's "Stand by Me" (1986), Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980), which took more liberties than King was happy with, and Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" (1995). The prolific writer's output diminished somewhat following serious injuries he sustained in a 1999 roadside accident, but just as throughout his career, every new novel was highly anticipated, topped the bestseller lists, and usually found its way to the screen as a feature film or television miniseries that drew consistently strong audiences.

Relationships

Joe Hill Production Assistant

Son

Tabitha King

Wife
Met at the University of Maine at Orono, where they were both students married in January 1971 mother of his three children first novel, Small World, published in 1981

Donald King

Father
Deserted family in 1949, when King was two years old

Owen King Actor

Son
Born 1972 mother, Tabitha King

Joe King

Son
Born c. 1976 mother, Tabitha King

Nellie King

Mother
Raised King and his adopted older brother David by herself died of cancer in 1973

Naomi King

Daughter
Born c. 1970 mother, Tabitha King

David King

Brother
Adopted born c. 1945

EDUCATION

University of Maine, Orono

Orano , Maine 1966 - 1970
Unable to find a teaching position upon graduation; went to work as a laborer in an industrial laundry facility; the experience inspired the short story, "The Mangler" (1972)

Milestones

2007

The novel Blaze, which was written in the early 1970s, under his long-time pseudonym Richard Bachman, was published

2005

Signed a deal with Marvel Comics, to publish a seven-issue, miniseries spinoff of "The Dark Tower" series called The Gunslinger Born; first issue was published on Feb. 7, 2007

2004

Made TV series debut as writer of "Kingdom Hospital," a drama loosely based on Lars von Trier's film of the same name

2004

Executive produced "Riding the Bullet" based on his novel by the same name

2002

Retired from writing novels

2002

Penned script for the ABC miniseries "Rose Red"

1999

Injured when struck by a car while walking on a road in Maine; underwent surgery to repair broken leg and hip and punctured lung (June); King bought the van which struck him for $1,500 in September

1998

Co-wrote script for an episode of the hit Fox drama "The X-Files"

1997

Signed three-book contract with Simon & Schuster

1991

First TV credit as creator and executive producer, "Stephen King's Golden Years," a NBC sci-fi drama serial (also wrote several episodes)

1989

Signed a four-book deal with Viking Press for a reported $35 million

1986

Feature directorial debut, "Maximum Overdrive" (also scripted); only directing credit to date

1986

First original teleplay, "Sorry, Right Number," for the syndicated "Tales from the Darkside"

1982

First substantial acting role: portrayed title character in "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," a segment of "Creepshow"

1982

First screenplay, George A. Romero's "Creepshow"

1980

Stanley Kubrick's production of "The Shining" released

1980

Acting debut in George A. Romero's "Knightriders"

1979

First TV miniseries based on a King novel, Tobe Hooper's "Salem's Lot"

1978

Served as judge for 1977 World Fantasy Awards

1976

First film based on a King novel, Brian De Palma's "Carrie"

1973

Sold paperback rights to New American Library; quit teaching job to write full-time

1973

Submitted manuscript of his fourth novel, "Carrie," to Doubleday, which purchased it; first published novel

1969

Worked as a laborer in an industrial laundry after graduating college

1967

First professional short story publication, "The Glass Floor," in Startling Mystery Stories

1965

First published story, "I Was a Teenage Grave Robber," in a comic book fan magazine Comics Review

1959

Discovered a box of his father's books, fantasy and horror fiction; obtained a typewriter and began writing fantasy fiction

1958

Moved to Durham, ME and remained for the rest of his childhood

1954

Wrote first short story at age seven

1949

Moved with mother and brother around the country; lived in New York, Illinois; Wisconsin, Indiana and Connecticut

1949

Family deserted by father, Donald King; went out one night for a pack of cigarettes and never returned

Formed Philtrum Press

Worked as a high school teacher of English at Hampden Academy, Hampden ME

Helped form the Maine Film Commission

Worked on first unpublished novel, "The Aftermath"

Left Viking/Penguin, his publisher of over 20 years

Bonus Trivia

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King used the pseudonym Richard Bachman for six novels: "Rage," "The Long Walk," "Roadwork," "The Running Man," "Thinner" and "The Regulators." The latter was publicized as a "lost novel" by the author who "died of cancer of the pseudonym" in 1985.

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The late Tom Allen stated the opinion of many King fans regarding Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson's somewhat peverse adaptation of "The Shining" in a review entitled "Hatchet Job" in a June 1980 issue of Village Voice: "What is clear is that the novel's 'credible' explanations have been ripped out. These include Jack's psychological weaknesses and his susceptibility to evil suggestion; Wendy's crucial lack of trust; Danny's special gift for intuiting danger AND acting upon it; and (How could it be ignored?) the Overlook's lust to add Danny's second sight, his 'shining' to its powers."

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King was a judge of the 1977 World Fantasy Awards

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King was guest of Honor of the World Fantasy Convention at Providence, RI in 1979

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King was recipient of the Career Alumni Award from the University of Maine

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