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b. Andrew Ellison, 5 July 1946, Leatherhead, Surrey, Britain. Ellison has already established a assorted musical profession. He began like a single singer in the first 60s but later on caused John’s Children, Aircraft and eventually past due 70s quirky pop music group the Radio Celebrities. In every he released three single singles for three different brands in the past due 60s – ‘It’s Been AN EXTENDED Period’ (Monitor), ‘Fool From Top Eden’ (CBS Information) and ‘You Can’t Perform That’ (S.N.B.). non-e breached the graphs or bought from substantial amounts, although each has turned into a collector’s item due to Ellison’s following musical activities. Within the 90s Ellison was involved with a re-formation from the ever-popular John’s Kids.

Quick Facts


Net Worth 59.1 billion USD
Date Of Birth August 17, 1944
Died May 2, 2015, London, United Kingdom
Height 1.91 m
Profession Entrepreneur, Programmer, Businessperson, Investor, Philanthropist
Nationality American
Spouse Melanie Craft, Barbara Boothe, Nancy Wheeler Jenkins, Adda Quinn
Children Megan Ellison, David Ellison
Parents Louis Ellison, Lillian Ellison, Florence Spellman
Awards National Book Award for Fiction, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
Music Songs Stay With Me, Heart Be Still, You Don't Know Nothing About Love, Do Better Than You're Doin', Got My Baby Back, I'm Gonna Cry Till My Tears Run Dry, In My Tomorrow, No Matter How It All Turns Out, Many Rivers to Cross, Call Me Anytime You Need Some Lovin', Doin' Me Dirty, Only Your Love, Country Woman's Prayer, I'll Be Home, If Only I Could See Him, A Good Love, Walk Around Heaven, I'm Over You, Heart & Soul, I Want to Be Loved, Don't Let It Go to Your Head, The Road I Took To You, When Love Flies Away, You're Easy on My Mind, The Hurt Came Back Again, No Relief, Sister Love, Time Is On My Side, When You Count The Ones You Love, Woman, Loose My Man, You've Really Got A Hold On Me, Ain't That Peculiar
Albums Stay With Me, Lorraine Ellison, Heart & Soul, Sister Love: The Warner Bros. Recordings
Nominations Academy Award for Best Picture, Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature Film, AACTA International Award for Best Film, News & Documentary Emmy Award for New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture
Movies Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle, The Master, Sausage Party, Foxcatcher, Lawless, Everybody Wants Some!!, Joy, Detroit, Her, 20th Century Women, Waking Madison, The Bad Batch, Passion Play, Wiener-Dog, Catch .44, Downsizing, Phantom Thread, Isle of Dogs, Main Street, Evolution of Verse, Life of Us, Last Days, The Protectors: Walk in the Rangers’ Shoes, Click Effect, Where'd You Go, Bernadette
TV Shows Phantom 2040, The Starlost


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#Fact
1 Stephen King, in "Danse Macabre" describes the scene in the pitching sessions for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) where an executive kept rejecting ideas, saying "No, we've got to think big!" Harlan tired of this and said: "How about this? The Enterprise travels light years out of the galaxy, breaks through the wall of the Universe, and there in front of them is the massive face of God. How's that?" The executive fidgeted for a moment then said "No, that's still not big enough. We need an idea that's big." Harlan said "Screw this. I'm a writer. I don't know what the hell you are.".
2 In Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008), he describes how he visited a TV recording session for one of his scripts where the actress, who he claims was "shtupping someone", kept mispronouncing "Camus" as "Came-us". Harlan caused a scene, shouting that "Everyone'll think I'm an idiot". The director asked who Harlan was and when told he was the writer said "What's he doing here?". Harlan left and the mistake was never corrected.
3 In Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008), he claims that a set designer working from the Script of Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967) misread the word "runes" as "ruins" and took something away from his vision.
4 Neil Gaiman once visited him at his home and was asked to distract an editor who was there to pick up a story while Ellison finished writing it.
5 Two of his most well-regarded stories "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman", and "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" were each written the night before their deadlines.
6 (1994-1999) Creative consultant for the television series, Babylon 5 (1994).
7 An outspoken supporter of Human Rights organizations.
8 When he first took a writing course, his teacher told him he was terrible and should give up writing. When he became successful, he sent the teacher a copy of every good review his work ever got.
9 Ellison was named Grand Master at the 2006 Nebula Awards ceremony in Tempe, Arizona. The Nebulas are given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which Ellison helped found in 1965 and which he has publicly derided as parochial, unprofessional, ignorant and irrelevant. [See Quotes, below].
10 He has won 22 awards for writing, more than almost any other living writer.
11 While in the U.S. Army, his sergeant called him The Author because Ellison could usually be found behind a typewriter.
12 Prefers to be called a "fantasist" rather than a "Sci-Fi Writer".
13 When J. Michael Straczynski was a struggling young writer, he telephoned Harlan Ellison for advice. Ellison replied, "The reason your stories are being rejected is because you're writing crap. Stop writing crap!".
14 Had his own name registered as a trademark in 2005.
15 When asked by J. Michael Straczynski what role he wanted to play in the production of Babylon 5 (1994) Ellison replied, "I want to be the mad dog of continuity enforcement who bites people on the leg.".
16 When he was 20, he researched an inner-city gang by joining them for ten weeks. He published his account of having joined them ("the Gang"), along with his experience of being arrested and jailed for one day ("the Tombs"), as the book "Memos from Purgatory".
17 His father was a dentist.
18 In a magazine interview, he stated that the two fictional characters he closely identifies with are Zorro and Jiminy Cricket.
19 Richard Dreyfuss based his character of Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (1977) on Ellison, a good friend of his.
20 His novella, "A boy and his dog," won the 1969 Nebula Award.
21 Guest of Honor at PghLANGE science-fiction convention (Pittsburgh, 17-19 July 1970).
22 Interviewers and fans ask questions about his work at the risk of being on the receiving end of a barrage of vicious insults regarding the impertinence of the question and the intelligence of the questioner.
23 Following a lawsuit, his name was added to the credits of the movie The Terminator (1984). He claimed that the time travel and indestructible robot components in the movie were ripped off by James Cameron and never credited to him. Cameron, in turn, denies having ever been influenced by Ellison's work. However, Cameron's producers said that if he would lose the lawsuit, he himself would be responsible for the financial losses, giving Cameron no other choice than to begrudgingly settle the case out of court.
24 In his book "Stalking the Nightmare", he recounts an incident that led to his being fired from Walt Disney Productions on his first day of work. At lunch in the studio commissary, he jokingly told fellow writers that they should "do a Disney porn flick", and proceeded to act out parts in the voices of various Disney characters, unaware that animation head Roy Edward Disney and other studio chiefs were sitting nearby. Ellison claims that when he returned to his office, he found a termination letter on his desk, and his name on his parking space had been painted over.
25 He was a conceptual consultant for the television show Babylon 5 (1994), helping out his friend, the show's creator, J. Michael Straczynski. His cameos on Babylon 5 (1994) include two episodes where his voice was used and a brief on-screen appearance as a "Psi Cop".
26 He used to be a spokesperson for Geo Metro automobiles, billed as a "noted futurist".
27 Graduated from Cleveland's East High School.
28 An outspoken gun control advocate, he is responsible for the removal of B-B gun ads from DC Comics. According to a convention transcript printed in The Comics Journal, on a Friday he made a phone call to DC publisher Jeanette Kahn, suggesting that such ads were inappropriate for children. She called him back before the weekend was out assuring him that there would never be another B-B gun ad in a DC comic. In the same transcript, when prompted by Marvel Comics executive Stan Lee (also an advocate of gun control), Ellison admits that growing up with these ads didn't do him any harm.
29 He won one of his many Hugo Awards and one of his four Writer's Guild awards for best teleplay for Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967).
30 Ellison's pseudonym "Cordwainer Bird" is reserved for works where he considers that the producers have so tampered with the integrity of his original story that he wants the whole world to know it. Hence, if you see something credited to "Cordwainer Bird", you know that Ellison is so angry at his treatment that he's going to force the producers to publicly acknowledge the fact (via the credits) that he considers them rather worse than fools. It is also a reference to the great science-fiction writer Cordwainer Smith. "Cordwainer Smith", in turn, was the pseudonym of Dr. Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (1913-1966), a professor of Asiatic politics, expert on psychological warfare, and advisor to President Kennedy.
31 Cordwainer Bird means "one who makes shoes for birds".
32 He is famous for his hot temper and outspoken nature, which has led to more then his share of high-profile feuds. The most famous of them was with Star Trek (1966) creator Gene Roddenberry, who had Ellison's famous television script (Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967)) heavily rewritten to fit with Roddenberry's more utopian ideas of the future. Roddenberry would not allow him to put his pseudonym "Cordwainer Bird" on the project. To add insult to injury, for the rest of his life Roddenberry took credit for having "saved" the story, which is consistently ranked as the best of the series by critics and fans and as one of TV's 100 greatest moments by "TV Guide" (July 1, 1995).


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Babylon 5: A Call to Arms 1999 TV Movie conceptual consultant
Babylon 5 1994-1998 TV Series conceptual consultant - 110 episodes
Babylon 5: The River of Souls 1998 TV Movie conceptual consultant
Babylon 5: Thirdspace 1998 TV Movie conceptual consultant
Babylon 5: In the Beginning 1998 TV Movie conceptual consultant
Babylon 5: The Gathering 1993 TV Movie consultant - uncredited
The Twilight Zone 1985-1986 TV Series creative consultant - 14 episodes
The Sixth Sense 1972 TV Series story editor - 4 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Masters of Science Fiction TV Series short story "The Abnormals" - 1 episode, 2007 teleplay - 1 episode, 2007
The Outer Limits TV Series short story "The Human Operators" - 1 episode, 2002 short story - 1 episode, 1999
Babylon 5 1998 TV Series story - 2 episodes
Silver Surfer 1998 TV Series story - 1 episode
The Hunger TV Series story - 1 episode, 1998 teleplay - 1 episode, 1998
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream 1995 Video Game design, dialog and story / short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream"
Try a Dull Knife 1992 story
The Twilight Zone TV Series written by - 1 episode, 1989 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1986 from a short story by - 1 episode, 1985 teleplay - 1 episode, 1985 based on the short story by - 1 episode, 1985
Tales from the Darkside 1985 TV Series story - 1 episode
The Starlost: Deception 1980 TV Movie creator - as Cordwainer Bird
The Starlost: The Beginning 1980 TV Movie as Cordwainer Bird
Jackpot 1980 story
Logan's Run 1977 TV Series story - 1 episode
A Boy and His Dog 1975 novella
The Starlost TV Series creator - 16 episodes, 1973 - 1974 written by - 1 episode, 1973
Circle of Fear 1973 TV Series story - 1 episode
The Young Lawyers 1971 TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Flying Nun 1968 TV Series written by - 1 episode
Cimarron Strip 1968 TV Series written by - 1 episode
Star Trek 1967 TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV Series story - 1 episode, 1967 teleplay - 1 episode, 1967 writer - 1 episode, 1966
The Oscar 1966 screenplay
Historias para no dormir 1966 TV Series 1 episode
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1964 TV Series story and teleplay - 1 episode
The Outer Limits 1964 TV Series written by - 2 episodes
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1964 TV Series written by - 1 episode
Burke's Law 1963-1964 TV Series written by - 4 episodes
Route 66 1963 TV Series based on a story by - 1 episode
Ripcord 1963 TV Series written by - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 2014 TV Series Harlan Ellison
The Delivery 2008/I Short Dan / White Rabbit
Masters of Science Fiction 2007 TV Series Nate
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal 1999 TV Series Grifter
Babylon 5 1996-1998 TV Series Zooty / Psi Cop / Sparky the Computer
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream 1995 Video Game AM (voice)
The Pirates of Dark Water 1992-1993 TV Series
The Godson 1971 Guy with Barbara and Brunette (uncredited)

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Back on Earth? 2013 Short inspirational thanks
All Things Shining 2012 inspirational thanks
The Comet Chronicles 2011 Short special thanks
Kobresia: Fragments 2011 Short inspirational thanks
Star Trek: Of Gods and Men 2007 Video with acknowledgement to the works of
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II TV Series special thanks - 1 episode, 2007 respectful acknowledgement - 1 episode, 2004
Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman 2005 Video documentary short special thanks
The Terminator 1984 acknowledgment to the works of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pizza with Mr. Harlan Ellison and Mr. Neil Gaiman 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Dreams with Sharp Teeth 2008 Documentary Himself
To My Great Chagrin: The Unbelievable Story of Brother Theodore 2007 Documentary Himself
'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris 2006 Documentary Himself
Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy 2005 Video documentary Himself
Politically Incorrect 1999 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Anti Gravity Room 1995 TV Series Himself
Sci-Fi Buzz 1993 TV Series Himself
The Masters of Comic Book Art 1987 Documentary Narrator
The History of the SF Film 1982 TV Movie documentary Guest
Since '45 1979 Documentary In new expanded version
Fantasy Film Festival 1979 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Writer
Since '45 - In the Extraordinary House of History 2017 Documentary filming Himself
Pencils Down! The 100 Days of the Writers Guild Strike 2014 Documentary Himself
In Conversation: Director L.Q. Jones & Writer Harlan Ellison 2013 Video documentary Himself
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 2010-2013 TV Series Himself
Prophets of Science Fiction 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Author
Dark Dreamers 2011 TV Series Himself
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2010 Documentary Himself
Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man 2010 Documentary Himself
An Evening with Sharp Teeth 2009 Video documentary short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 WGC Award Writers Guild of Canada The Outer Limits (1995) · Naren Shankar (screen story and teleplay)
· A.E. van Vogt (story)
1996 Lifetime Achievement Award Bram Stoker Awards
1987 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Anthology Episode/Single Program The Twilight Zone (1985)
1976 Golden Scroll Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Writing For his career.
1976 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation A Boy and His Dog (1975) · L.Q. Jones (screenplay/director)
· Wayne Cruseturner (screenplay)
1974 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Episodic Drama The Starlost (1973)
1968 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Star Trek (1966) · Joseph Pevney (director)
1968 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Episodic Drama Star Trek (1966)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976 Nebula Award Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Best Dramatic Writing A Boy and His Dog (1975) · L.Q. Jones


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#Quote
1 The Universe doesn't even know we're here.
2 I don't mind you thinking I'm stupid, but don't talk to me like I'm stupid.
3 When belief in a god dies, the god dies.
4 I hate being wrong, but I love it when I'm set straight.
5 To say more, is to say less.
6 Don't start an argument with somebody who has a microphone when you don't. They'll make you look like chopped liver.
7 I was giving a lecture, and afterwards a student put up his hand and said 'Mr Ellison, you keep mentioning this person Dachau, like he's someone I'm supposed to have heard of. Who is Dachau, please?' I'm sorry but your kids are stick-stone, out-and-out, downright stupid!
8 Star Wars (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)) is adolescent nonsense; Close Encounters (Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)) is obscurantist drivel; Star Trek (1966) can turn your brains to purée of bat guano; and the greatest science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who (1963)! And I'll take you all on, one-by-one or in a bunch to back it up!
9 It is very warming and pleasing to be thought to be in the company of Alfred Bester and Andre Norton and people like that. But I am conflicted. When you have been the voice of the loyal opposition for 40 years, and suddenly they turn on you and give you an award, it does in some ways make you think it's the end of the road. They only give you these awards when you're in sight of being canned as worm food. And I'm too cranky to go down without a fight.
10 Love ain't nothing but sex misspelled.
11 I don't take a piss without getting paid. People expect everything for nothing. But is Warner Brothers out there with an eye patch and a tin can on the street? They expect the writer to work for nothing and the problem [is] there are so many goddamn writers who have no idea they're supposed to get paid every time they do something. They do it for nothing. Are they any less a media whore than I? I think not. But it's just that no one has offered to buy their soul.
12 My role in life is to be a burr under the saddle. I didn't pick that for myself, it just happens that's the way I am. I wish I could be one of the really sweet guys. Nobody ever says a bad thing about people like Robert Bloch and that's because they are really decent, wonderful people. But for me nobody has a good word. That's because my allegiance is to art, to the work, I have no allegiance to magazines, producers, studios, networks or anything. The work is what counts.
13 [1985 interview in "Starlog"] In real life, we are what we do. I'm a writer. That's what I do. Everything I do in a day is in some way connected to it. If I get up and I have my Grape Nuts with raisins or I get laid or I shoot some pool or whatever it is that I do, I'm thinking about writing. It's all involved in the creative process. There is no system. The totality that is my life is how I write. When I get up and when I write is different every day, but every day, I write. People say, "Oh, you're so prolific." That's a remark made by assholes who don't write. What else would I be doing? If I were a plumber and I repaired 10,000 toilets, would they say, "Boy, you're a really prolific plumber!" I'm a writer, I have been for 30 years.
14 You are not entitled to your opinion, you are entitled to your informed opinion. If you are not informed on the subject, then your opinion counts for nothing.
15 The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen...and stupidity.
16 There are two things I found when I did The Merv Griffin Show (1962), the two things I said that got them really crazy, was that I didn't believe in God, and that I really believe there are some people who are better than others.
17 I think love and sex are separate and only vaguely similar. Like the word bear and the word bare. You can get in trouble mistaking one for the other.
18 We're becoming sytematically driven into the ground. Bad taste becomes the order of the day, and people who object to it, schumcks like me, are suddenly spoilsports.
19 [in 1980] There are fewer and fewer people reading today. Clearly. Obviously. Statistics prove it, and historically what we're doing is we're programming ourselves right into an illiterate no-no land. It's going to be crazier and crazier in this country as the years go by and it shows up in every kind of way.
20 [on working in Hollywood] This town is filled with weasels and wormers and people who will stab you in the front if they can't reach your back.
21 For a brief time I was here; and for a brief time I mattered.
22 [his feelings about the term "science-fiction"] Call me a "science-fiction" writer and I'll come to your house and nail your pet's head to the table.

#Trademark
1 Science Fiction themes, usually involving Cyborgs and machines
2 Outspoken abrasive personality

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