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Stephen King Biography

Birth Name:
Stephen Edwin King
Birth Place:
Portland, Maine, United States
Writer, producer, director

Fast Facts

  • While many of his stories take place in Maine, he wrote and set his 1977 novel The Shining in Colorado
  • Occasionally appears in film adaptations of his books
  • He portrayed two different characters in Creepshow (1982) and Creepshow 2 (1987)
  • Helmed the 1986 feature Maximum Overdrive, based on his short story Trucks
  • The film was a critical dud and earned him a Razzie Award nomination as Worst Director
  • Dedicated The Dark Half — a novel about a writer who ends the life of his pseudonym — to Richard Bachman, which is his pen name
  • Performed with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band comprised of writers including Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Amy Tan and Simpsons creator Matt Groening
  • Collaborated with John Mellencamp on his first play, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which debuted at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in 2012
  • A diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox


  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries: nominated