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Movie News: I Am Legend creator Richard Matheson dead at age 87

Movie News: I Am Legend creator Richard Matheson dead at age 87

One of the all-time great sci-fi authors, Richard Matheson, has died at the age of 87. His daughter, Ali Marie Matheson, announced the icon’s passing via a protected Facebook post.

Matheson’s many pieces of works have been adapted for the big screen, most notably I Am Legend, which has been adapted three times, including 2007’s Will Smith version. Matheson also wrote novels/shorts that led to 2011’s Real Steel, 2009’s The Box, 1999’s Stir of Echoes, 1998’s What Dreams May Come and 1971’s Duel, which was Steven Spielberg’s first feature-length film. Matheson also wrote some of the best episodes of the Twilight Zone, which ran from 1959-1964.

For all the great stories Matheson has written – most of which have been adapted for either the big or small screen – it’s kind of funny that most people probably don’t even know who he is. What he is (was) is a great author who’s influenced so many people and will continue to do so even after his death.

Nate pretends to be a movie connoisseur but in reality he really knows nothing about movies other than the fact that he loves them. His favorites include The Shawshank Redemption, Braveheart and Schindler's List. Follow him on Twitter @nater_parsons

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