Michael Crichton

  1. David Bowie, The Man Who Fell To Earth, 1976.   Before catching the BBC’s Bowie documentary, Cracked Actor, UK director Nicolas Roeg met a tall doctor at a dinner party and offered him the title alien. Just. Like. That.  “Not only is he nearly 7ft tall, he’s also an extraordinarily clever hematologist as well as writer and film-maker. Everything about him was right, but it was totally as if somewhere in another world they’d made someone who looked human… but they got the measurements just a little bit out.” Crichton’s only screen appearance was “bearded surgeon” in his Andromeda Strain, 1971, when on his first visit to Universal he was shown around by a kid named Spielberg.   They went on to make  the Jurassic Park and ER series together.  I’m surprised Nic didn’t ask his old boss, iconic director  David Lean…  “He was a unqiue character. If someone from Mars walked onto his set, they would walk straight up to his chair.” 

 Usual occupation: NovelistBirth year: 1942Death year: 2008Other name: Casting Calls:  1