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Michael Crichton: Fun Facts About the Jurassic Park Author

Celebrate the late author's 77th birthday with these fascinating facts about the Jurassic Park author.

Michael Crichton
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Michael Crichton
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  • Still from Season 1 of Westworld, HBO's reboot of the Crichton movie. 

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He was published in The New York Times at age 14

His college professors told him he was a terrible writer 

He went to medical school

He was 6'9

He was close friends with Steven Spielberg

He pioneered the use of CGI in film

Michael Crichton
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While working on a book, he would eat the same meal every day

He was the first author to ever dominate book, film, and TV charts simultaneously

Michael Crichton
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He was an art collector and a fan of musicals 

A dinosaur is named after him