Born in Chicago October 28, 1942, Michael Crichton grew up in a suburb of New York. His journalist father encouraged him to write and to type. While studying English at Harvard, Michael grew disillusioned with teaching standards. He once submitted an essay by George Orwell, which received a "B".

After several years in Europe, Crichton, who stands 6'9", entered Harvard Medical School. In his spare time, he wrote novels, including A Case of Need (under the psuedonym Jeffery Hudson), which refers to people at the school.

His first bestseller came in 1969 - "The Andromeda Strain." Like many of his novels, it became a film.

His directed the 1973 film Westworld, a minor science-fiction classic. He directed the popular thriller Coma (1978), and a humorous adaptation of his own novel The Great Train Robbery (1979). His follow-up efforts, Looker (1981), Runaway (1984), Physical Evidence (1988) flopped.

The year 1993 was huge for Michael. Two of his popular novels arrived on the big screen, Rising Sun and Jurassic Park, the most popular movie in history. In 1994, Crichton developed the popular TV series ER.

Michael wrote his novel Rising Sun after returning from Asia to Los Angeles and finding the city, beginning with its airport, tumbling into third world status.