Robert Ludlum (25 May, 1927 – 12 March, 2001) was an American author who is best known as the creator of Jason Bourne.
- Ludlum was born in New York City. He was an adopted child, but never found who his birth parents were.
- In 1951, the author earned a B.A. in drama from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
- Before writing books, Mr. Ludlum served in the United States Marine Corps and a show producer at Grant Lee Theater in Fort Lee, NJ and at the Playhouse on the Mall in Paramus, NJ.
- Many of Mr. Ludlum’s books were inspired by historical and contemporary conspiracy theories.
- Many of his books were made into movies and TV series, however the movies significantly depart from the story-line, while the mini-series follow the story more closely.
- In 2001 firefighters were called to the author’s home in Florida where they discovered him on fire in a reclining chair (incapacitated due to a quadruple bypass surgery) a full six minutes after there were called. This event, and the fact that his second wife was belligerent and uncooperative (not to mention, never bothering to pick up a fire extinguisher) led to some bizarre conspiracy theories. The cause of the fire was never found.
- Mr. Ludlum died 30 days after the fire.
- The author also wrote under the names Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd.
- During Mr. Ludlum’s lifetime, there has been more than 300 million copies of his books in print.
- Robert Ludlum’s books have been published in 40 countries, and translated into 33 languages.
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