July 9, 1945 (78)
Dean Koontz is a popular author for suspense, horror, and science fiction novels. Known for his gripping plotlines and masterful storytelling, he has over 100 books to his name. Dean is one of the most successful writers of his generation, with millions of copies sold worldwide and a devoted fan base that spans the globe.
Koontz first made a name for himself in the early 1980s with the publication of his breakthrough novel, “Whispers,” which was followed by a string of bestsellers that established him as a major force in the publishing industry. Some of his most popular books include “Intensity,” “Watchers,” and “Odd Thomas,” which have been adapted into successful movies and television series.
Koontz worked with the late filmmaker Wes Craven on the screenplay for the movie adaptation of his novel “Hideaway,” and he co-wrote the book “City of Night” with actor and musician Ed Gorman. “Odd Thomas,” one of Dean Koontz’s most popular novels, was adapted into a film in 2013, directed by Stephen Sommers. The film starred Anton Yelchin as Odd Thomas, a young man who can see and communicate with the dead, as well as Willem Dafoe, Addison Timlin, and Nico Tortorella in supporting roles.
In addition to his writing, he has also been involved with various animal welfare organizations, including Canine Companions for Independence, which provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities, and the Humane Society of the United States, which works to protect animals from cruelty and abuse. They are the founders of the Koontz Family Foundation, which supports a variety of charitable causes, including animal welfare organizations and programs that help children and families in need.