Michael Crichton
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Michael Crichton | 1942-2008

Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton, in 1969 as Harvard medical school student and author of “Andromeda Strain,” poses in a library in Cambridge, Mass. He died Tuesday after a private battle with cancer, according to his family. (Associated Press)
Michael Crichton
In this 1973 photo, director Michael Crichton, right, and producer Paul Lazarus III, are shown on the set of “Westworld.” (MGM / Associated Press)
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In this 1977 photo, director Michael Crichton poses with a skeleton while on location for the film “Coma.” (MGM / Associated Press)
Michael Crichton
In this 1977 photo originally released by MGM, director Michael Crichton is shown on location for the film “Coma.” (MGM / Associated Press)
Michael Crichton
In this 1979 photo, writer and director Michael Crichton is shown on the set of “The Great Train Robbery.” (United Artists / Associated Press)
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“Looker” director Michael Crichton appears in a cameo role with Albert Finney in a scene from the 1981 film. (The Ladd Company)
Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton, author of “Jurrasic Park,” speaks after a new species of dinosaur, “Crichton’s ankylosaur,” was named after him at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in 2000. Behind him is a Giganotosaurus, on display as part of the traveling Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park exhibit. (Brad Zweerink / The News & Observer)
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Michael Crichton poses at the Peninsula Hotel in New York in 2004. His most recent novel, “Next,” which dealt with genetics and the law, was published in 2006. (Jim Cooper / Associated Press)
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Michael Crichton in Munich, Germany, in 2005. The author died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a private battle with cancer, his family said. (Peter Kneffel / EPA)
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Michael Crichton presents an award at the 16th Annual Producers Guild Awards at Culver Studios in 2005. The writer-director shared a 1995 Academy Award for technical achievement for pioneering computerized motion picture budgeting and scheduling. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
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