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JAWS Author Dies

By News Editor     February 13, 2006
Source: Associated Press


Peter Benchley's JAWS.
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Author Peter Benchley passed away on Sunday at the age of 65. He was probably best known for writing the novel JAWS.

Benchley's 1974 novel was turned into the summer blockbuster of 1975 by then new director Steven Spielberg. The film caused millions to become afraid of swimming in the ocean.

Though he was pleased with the outcome of the film, he "kept telling people the book was fiction, it was a novel, and that he no more took responsibility for the fear of sharks than Mario Puzo took responsibility for the Mafia," reports his wife Wendy Benchley.

Peter Benchley also wrote such novels as "Peter Benchley's Creature", "Beast", "White Shark", and "The Deep".

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lracors 2/13/2006 8:36:26 AM
He also wrote "The Island" which was a pretty good underrated movie starring Michael Caine. You'll be missed!
clarkfquinones 2/13/2006 9:29:11 AM
he wrote the only good jaws. the rest 2-4 got real bad real fast.
lofteelee1 2/13/2006 10:19:18 AM
Now that's readership (audience) participation.
lofteelee1 2/13/2006 11:44:10 AM
I'm reminded of a show I watched as a youngster, called 'That's Entertainment' hosted by Tom Bosley. Has anyone else heard of this? It was aired on channel 7 on a Saturday, I think. I still remember the theme music for it and the montage of imagery from films, the ones that stand out are at the near end of the credits rolling up, quick flash of Sophia Loren, to Princess Leia and finally the death star explosion.
georgekaplan 2/13/2006 4:31:10 PM
I will miss Benchley greatly. Jaws was an amazing book! "Beast" and "White Shark" could have been good big screen movies as well. The TV movies did them no justice. As far as "Beast" goes, it was cool that Benchley was still alive when we finally shot video of a giant squid.
clarkfquinones 2/13/2006 5:21:38 PM
he was only 65. he was to young to die.
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