Saturday, March 17, 2012

50 Famous Novelists Who Have Appeared In Fiction Films

Top: Kosinski, Rushdie
Bottom: Capote, Auster
I’ve only included people who are famous mainly for their literary work, not film people who have tried their hand at novel writing.

1. Alain Robbe Grillet  Appears in Time Regained (1999)
2. Arthur C. Clarke Plays 'Man on Park Bench' in 2010 (1984), based on his novel
3. Arundhati Roy Has appeared in three Indian films, including Massey Sahib (1985)
4. Chaim Potok Plays a 'Talmud Teacher' in The Chosen (1981), based on his novel
5. Charles Bukowski Had small roles in Barfly (1987) and 2 other films
6. Colette The French author of Gigi was in a film called Hombre acosado (1952)
7. Erica Jong Bit part in Celebrity (1998)
8. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Appears in There Are No Thieves In This Village (Mexico, 1965), which was based on his story
9. Gore Vidal Has acted in many films, including Igby Goes Down (2002), Gattaca (1997), Bob Roberts (1992) and The Best Man (1964)
10. Graham Greene Bit part in Truffaut’s Day For Night (1973)
11. Harlan Coben Has a small role in the French film version of his novel, Tell No One (2006)
12. Harlan Ellison Appears in The Godson (1971)
13. Henry Miller Bit part in Tropic Of Cancer (1970), based on his novel
14. Irvine Welsh Has small parts in Trainspotting (1996) and The Acid House (1998) based on his novels
15. Jacqueline Susann Had small cameos in the movies of her novels Valley of the Dolls (1967) and The Love Machine (1971)
16. James Dickey Plays a sheriff in the movie version of his novel, Deliverance (1972)
17. James Ellroy Plays a party guest in Wonder Boys (2000)
18. James Jones Had bit parts in From Here to Eternity (1953) and Some Came Running (1958), based on his novels
19. Jeffrey Archer Played himself in a bit part in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
20. Jerzy Kosinski Appears in Reds (The film also features Henry Miller and Rebecca West but as themselves, in the documetary-section interviews)
21. JG Ballard Has a bit part as a party guest in Empire of the Sun (1987), based on his novel
22. Jim Thompson Author of The Getaway, The Grifters. The Killer Inside Me and others, he played a judge in Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
23. John Cheever Plays ‘Man at Pool Party’ in The Swimmer (1968), based on his story
24. John Grisham Has a bit part in Mickey (2004), for which he wrote the screenplay
25. John Irving Bit parts in The World According To Garp (1982) and The Cider House Rules (1999), both based on his novels
26. John Le Carre Bit parts in The Little Drummer Girl (1984) and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011), both based on his novels
27. Julian Barnes Played himself in a bit part in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
28. Ken Kesey Had a bit part In Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1993), based on Tom Robbins’ novel
29. Kingsley Amis Had a bit part (alongside the likes of Glenda Jackson and Paul Scofield) in Tell Me Lies (1968)
30. Kurt Vonnegut Bit parts in Breakfast of Champions (1999) and Mother Night (1996), both based on his novels, plus Never Down (2007)
31. Martin Amis Appears as a child actor (aged 15) in A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)
32. Michael Crichton Has a tiny role in The Andromeda Strain (1971)
33. Mickey Spillane Has roles in The Girl Hunters (1963) and Mommy (1995)
34. Norman Mailer Has small parts in Godard’s King Lear (1987) and Ragtime (1981) as well as appearing as himself in many films, including When We Were Kings (1996)
35. Paul Auster Has a part in The Music Of Chance (1993)
36. Paul Bowles He narrates The Sheltering Sky.(1990), which is based on his novel
37. Peter Benchley Appeared in Jaws (1975) and The Deep (1977), based on his novels, and also in Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
38. Ray Bradbury Has a bit part as ‘Literary Party Guest’ in Rich And Famous (1981)
39. Raymond Chandler Has a bit part as ‘Man Reading Book’ in Double Indemnity (1944), for which he co-wrote the screenplay
40. Richard Wright Played the main role of Bigger Thomas in Native Son (1951), based on his novel
41. Salman Rusdie Acted in Then She Found Me (2007) opposite Helen Hunt and played himself in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
42. Saul Bellow Has a bit part in Seize The Day (1986) and appears as himself in Zelig (1983)
43. SE Hinton Acted in The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983), both based on her novels
44. Stephen King Had small roles in some of the films based on his novels and stories, including Creepshow  (1982), Maximum Overdrive (1986) and Pet Sematary (1989)
45. Tama Janowitz Had a cameo in Slaves of New York (1989), based on her stories
46. Thomas Keneally Plays the cook in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), based on his novel
47. Tom Robbins Narrates Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1993), based on his novel, and has bit parts in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) and Breakfast of Champions (1999)
48. Truman Capote  His acting credits include Annie Hall (1977) playing a ‘Truman Capote Lookalike’ and Murder By Death (1976)
49. William Burroughs Acted in Drugstore Cowboy (1989) as ‘Tom The Priest’
50. Yukio Mishima Had roles in several Japanese movies of the 1960’s, including Human Statue (1969)





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