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James Patterson

James Patterson

Highest Rated: 64% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016)

Lowest Rated: 11% Alex Cross (2012)

Birthday: Mar 22, 1947

Birthplace: Newburgh, New York, USA

James Brendan Patterson was born on Mar. 22, 1947 in Newburgh, NJ. He studied English at Manhattan College and then Vanderbilt University, graduating from the latter with a Master's degree prior to completing his doctorate. Upon leaving school, Patterson entered the world of advertising, working as an executive for the firm J. Walter Thompson. All the while, Patterson found success as a novelist, publishing his first book, The Thomas Berryman Number (1976). He wrote five more novels over the course of the following 15 years, all prior to the inception of his smash hit Alex Cross series. Beginning with the book Along Came a Spider (1993), the series followed Washington D.C.-based detective (and later FBI agent) Cross as he investigated high stakes mysteries. Patterson averaged a book a year in the Alex Cross series going forward, inspiring multiple film adaptations, beginning with "Kiss the Girls" (1997), starring Morgan Freeman. All the while. Patterson penned other series with co-authors like Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Michael Ledwidge, among others. Patterson and partners developed the Women's Murder Club series beginning with 1st to Die (2001), the Michael Bennett series starting with Step on a Crack (2007), and the Private series starting with Private (2010).


MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE, from left: Isabela Moner, Thomas Barbusca, Jacob Hopkins, Griffin Gluck, Alexa Nisenson, writer James Patterson, Luke Hardeman, Jessi Goei, 2016. ph: Frank Masi/© CBS James Patterson at arrivals for ALEX CROSS Premiere, Cinerama Dome at The Arclight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA October 15, 2012. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection



64% 59% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Executive Producer $20.0M 2016
No Score Yet 37% Maximum Ride Executive Producer - 2016
11% 47% Alex Cross Producer $25.9M 2012
17% 54% A Warrior's Heart Executive Producer - 2011
No Score Yet 58% Sundays at Tiffany's Executive Producer - 2010
32% 53% Along Came a Spider Writer $74.1M 2001
34% 62% Kiss the Girls Writer $60.5M 1997
No Score Yet 21% Child of Darkness, Child of Light Writer - 1991


No Score Yet No Score Yet Cross Executive Producer 2024
No Score Yet 52% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2022 2024
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's Talking to Chris Wallace? Guest 2022
No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021-2022
No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2021
54% 59% Instinct Executive Producer 2018-2019
No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet James Patterson's Murder Is Forever Executive Producer 2018
82% 64% Zoo Executive Producer 2015-2017
83% No Score Yet Rock Center With Brian Williams Guest 2012
82% 87% Castle Himself (Guest Star) 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Women's Murder Club Executive Producer 2007-2008
85% 77% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2007