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Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was a British American author, polemicist, debater, and journalist. He contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Atlantic, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and Vanity Fair. Hitchens was the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of over thirty books, including five collections of essays, and concentrated on a range of subjects, including politics, literature and religion. A staple of talk shows and lecture circuits, his confrontational style of debate made him both a lauded and controversial figure. Known for his contrarian stance on a number of issues, Hitchens excoriated such public figures as Mother Teresa, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Pope Benedict XVI. He was the elder brother of author Peter Hitchens.Long describing himself as a socialist and a Marxist, Hitchens began his break from the established political left after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the Western left to the Rushdie Affair, followed by the left's embrace of Bill Clinton, and the "anti-war" movement's opposition to intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina—though Hitchens did not leave his position writing for The Nation until post-9/11, stating that he felt the magazine had arrived at a position "that John Ashcroft is a greater menace than Osama bin Laden." The September 11 attacks "exhilarated" him, bringing into focus "a battle between everything I love and everything I hate," and strengthening his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy which challenged "fascism with an Islamic face". His numerous editorials in support of the Iraq War caused some to label him a neoconservative, although Hitchens insisted he was not "a conservative of any kind", and his friend Ian McEwan described him as representing the anti-totalitarian left. Indeed, in a 2010 BBC interview, he stated that he was "still a Marxist".A noted critic of religion and an antitheist, he said that a person "could be an atheist and wish that belief in god were correct", but that "an antitheist, a term I'm trying to get into circulation, is someone who is relieved that there's no evidence for such an assertion". According to Hitchens, the concept of a god or a supreme being is a totalitarian belief that destroys individual freedom, and that free expression and scientific discovery should replace religion as a means of teaching ethics and defining human civilisation. His anti-religion polemic, New York Times Bestseller, God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, sold over 500,000 copies.Hitchens died on 15 December 2011 from complications arising from oesophageal cancer, a disease that he acknowledged was more than likely due to his lifelong predilection for heavy smoking and drinking. Wikipedia

Quick Facts

Birth date: April 13, 1949
Birth place: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, Sibling = Peter Hitchens
Death date: 2011-12-15
Height:5' 9" (1.75 m)
Profession:Writer
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Eleni Meleagrou
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Lampooned by comedy duo Mitchell and Webb.
2Babysat actress Olivia Wilde when she was a child.
3At the suggestion of his boss, "Vanity Fair" editor Graydon Carter, Hitchens agreed to undergo the controversial "waterboarding" interrogation procedure for purposes of hands-on research for the magazine. Even though Hitchens was professionally supervised throughout the session and could stop the procedure at any time, he lasted less than 20 seconds before giving the hand-signal to terminate the experiment.
4He moved to the United States in 1981 where he became a naturalized citizen.
5He was summoned to Athens, Greece in 1973 when his mother who left his father had committed suicide with her male partner. In 1987, he learned this mother was Jewish which she concealed from her husband and family.
6He married a Greek Cypriot, Eleni Meleagiou. He is survived by their two children, Alexander Hitchens and Sophia Hitchens; his second wife, Carol Blue Hitchens and their daughter, Antonia Hitchens; and his brother, Peter Hitchens.
7His family sent him to private schools in Tavistock in Tavistock, Devon, England and Cambridge School in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. He graduated from Balliol College at Oxford University in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England in 1970.
8Son of a career officer in the British Royal Navy who turned bookkeeper and his mother.
9He left The Nation publication in 2003 after he publicly announced his support of the American invasion of Iraq.
10His writing took him to Northern Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain and Argentina in the 1970s reporting for The Nation, The New Statesman, and other British publications.
11He died at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
12Contributing editor, Vanity Fair.
13Came to the United States in 1981.
14Studied at Oxford University.
15Older brother of Peter Hitchens.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Very rich and varied vocabulary
2Defeating debate opponents with especially good points, known by fans as a "Hitchslap"
3Deep, smooth voice
4Outspoken and unabashed about his beliefs and views
5Sarcastic sense of humor


Quotes

#Quote
1[on Jerry Falwell's death] If you gave Falwell an enema he could be buried in a matchbox.
2[If there is no God, why spend your whole career refuting that, why not stay home?] Well, it's not my whole career for one thing. It's become a major preoccupation of my life, though, in the last eight or nine years, especially since 9/11, to try and help generate an opposition to theocracy and its depredations internationally, that is now probably my main political preoccupation. To help people in Afghanistan, in Somalia, in Iraq, in Lebanon in Israel resist those who sincerely want to encompass the destruction of civilization and sincerely believe they have God on their side in wanting to do so. I think maybe I will take a few moments to say something I find repulsive about especially Monotheistic, Messianic religion, with a large part of itself it quite clearly wants us all to die, it wants this world to come to an end you can tell the yearning for things to be over, whenever you read any of its real texts, or listen to any of its real authentic spokesman, not the pathetic apologists who sometimes masquerade for it. Those who talk, there was a famous spokesman for this in Virginia until recently, about the Rapture, saying that those of us who have chosen rightly will be gathered to the arms of Jesus, leaving all of the rest of you behind: if we're in a car it's your lookout, that car won't have a driver anymore; if we're a pilot that's your lookout, that plane will crash; we will be with Jesus and the rest of you can go straight to Hell. The eschatological element that is inseparable from Christianity, if you don't believe that there is going to be an Apocalypse, there is going to be an end, a separation of the sheep and the goats, a condemnation, a final one, then you're not really a Believer and the contempt for the things of this world shows through all of them. It's well put in an old rhyme from an English exclusive Brethren sect: "We are the pure and chosen few, and all the rest are damned. There's room enough in hell for you, we don't want Heaven crammed!" You can tell it when you see the extreme Muslims talk, they cannot wait for death and destruction to overtake and overwhelm the World, they can't wait for what I would call without ambiguity a Final Solution. When you look at the Israeli settlers, paid for often by American tax dollars, deciding if they can steal enough land from other people and get all the Jews into the promised land and all the non-Jews out of it then finally the Jewish people will be worthy of the return of the Messiah, and there are Christians in this country who consider it their job to help this happen so that Armageddon can occur, so that the painful business of living as humans, and studying civilization, and trying to acquire learning, and knowledge, and health, and medicine, and to push back the frontiers can all be scrapped and the cult of death can take over. That to me is a hideous thing in eschatological terms, in End Times terms. On its own a hateful idea, a hateful practice, and a hateful theory but very much to be opposed in our daily lives where there are people who sincerely mean it, who want to ruin the good relations that could exist between different peoples, nations, races, countries, tribes, ethnicities; who openly say they love death more than we love life and who are betting that with God on their side that they're right about that. So when I say as a subtitle of my book that "Religion poisons everything", I'm not just doing what publishers like and coming up with a provocative subtitle. I mean to say it infects us in our most basic integrity, it says we can't be moral without Big Brother, without a totalitarian permission, it means we can't be good to one other, it means we can't think without this, we must be afraid, we must also be forced to love someone who we fear - the essence of sadomasochism, the essence of abjection, the essence of the master-slave relationship - and that knows that death is coming and can't wait to bring it on. I say that this is evil. And though I do some nights stay home, I enjoy more the nights when I go out and fight against this ultimate wickedness and ultimate stupidity. Thankyou. [Applause]
3There is a story of a boor who kept boasting of a great leap he'd made in Rhodes. Finally, someone confronted him: "Hic Rhodus. Hic salta." Here is Rhodes, leap here.
4Islam in its origins is just as shady and approximate as those from which it took its borrowings. It makes immense claims for itself, invokes prostrate submission or "surrender" as a maxim to its adherents, and demands deference and respect from nonbelievers into the bargain. There is nothing - absolutely nothing - in its teachings that can even begin to justify such arrogance and presumption.
5If the Qur'an was the word of God, it had been dictated on a very bad day.
6I became a journalist because I didn't want to have to rely on newspapers for my information.
7Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely soley upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.
8Modesty, simplicity, humility. By these canonical key words we are taught that we may recognize saints. Yet Mother Teresa regards herself as mandated by heaven, which is hardly modest. She lends spiritual solace to dictators and to wealthy exploiters which is scarcely the essence of simplicity. And she preaches surrender and prostration to the poor which a truly humble person would barely have the nerve to do. When she speaks about private or public morality, opposing family planning for example, or defining abortion as quite literally the greatest threat to world peace, she takes on the grim and tedious tones of the zealot and the fanatic. In a Godless and cynical age it may be inevitable that people will seek to praise the self-effacing, the altruistic and the pure in heart, but only a complete collapse of our critical faculties can explain the illusion that such a person is manifested in the shape of a demagogue, an obscurantist and a servant of earthly powers.
9Like most people who claim to be apolitical, Mother Teresa is in practice and in theory an ally of the status quo. And when the status quo is threatened, a trusted ally of the conservative forces.
10[Quoting Folke Greville] Oh, wearisome condition of humanity! Born under one law, to another bound; vainly begot and yet forbidden vanity; created sick, commanded to be sound.
11The progress that's made... in any argument or in any discussion is by confrontation. That's a dialectical fact. People say oh let's have less heat and more light, fatuously. There's only one source of light. It happens to be heat.
12Religion, it is true, still possesses the huge if cumbersome and unwieldy advantage of having come first.
13Mockery of religion is one of the most essential things... one of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority.
14Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer.
15All the excitements of a prohibited book had their usual effect, one of which, as always, is to expose the fact that the censors don't know what they are talking about.
16You know, you can make a small mistake in language or etiquette in Britain, or you could when I was younger, and really be made to feel it, and it's the flick of a lash, but it would sting, and especially at school where there's not much privacy, and so on. You could, yes, undoubtedly be made to feel crushed.
17On his death, Pope John Paul was praised among other things for the number of apologies he had made... This seemed to say that the Church had mainly been wrong and often criminal in the past, but was now purged of its sin by confession and quite ready to be infallible all over again.
18The literal mind cannot understand the ironic one.
19Those who offer false consolation are false friends.
20Human decency is not the result of religion, it precedes it.
21[to Charlton Heston, in a televised debate] Keep your hairpiece on.
22[on the fatwa placed on Salman Rushdie because of his novel 'Satanic Verses'] He made, I will always feel, the ideal protagonist for this drama. If literature and the ironic mind are to be defended to the death, then it is as well to have a superbly literate and ironic individual as the case in point.
23Dickens was able to mine this huge resource of London life, becoming the conductor and chronicler like nobody since Shakespeare himself.
24[When asked to critique Ayn Rand] I'm invited to be unpleasant at the expense of Ayn Rand and Objectivism. Well, that's easy. Well, they're novels first, as I keep trying to say: there's more morality in a novel by George Elliott than in the four Gospels, or the four of them put together. I care very much about literature as a place where real dilemmas, ethical dilemmas are met and dealt with. So to have novels as transcendentally awful as ATLAS SHRUGGED and THE FOUNTAINHEAD sort of undermines my project.
25I personally want to 'do' death in the active and not the passive. And to be there to look it in the eye and be doing something when it comes for me.
26At 7 years old, I was precocious enough to watch the news and read the papers, and I can remember October 1956, the simultaneous crisis in Hungary and Suez, very well. And getting a sense that the world was dangerous, a sense that the game was up, that the Empire was over.
27I don't care how rich you are. I'm not coming to your party.
28[defending Salman Rushdie during his exile] It was, if I can phrase it like this, a matter of everything I hated versus everything I loved. In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying and intimidation. In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression.
29Politics is essentially a matter of character.
30[on believing in God while battling cancer] The entity making such a remark might be a raving, terrified person whose cancer has spread to the brain. I can't guarantee that such an entity wouldn't make such a ridiculous remark, but no one recognizable as myself would ever make such a remark.
31In whatever kind of a 'race' life may be, I have abruptly become a finalist.
32Writing is what's important to me, and anything that helps me do that--or enhances and prolongs and deepens and sometimes intensifies argument and conversation--is worth it to me. Impossible for me to imagine having my life without go to those parties, without having those late nights, without that second bottle.
33[on believing in God in 2007] It would be like living in North Korea.
34[on water boarding or a bikini wax] Very much more frightening though less painful than the bikini wax.
35[on Iraq] There are a lot of people who will not be happy, it seems to me, until I am compelled to write a letter to these comrades in Iraq and say: 'Look, guys, it's been real, but I'm going to have to drop you now. The political cost to me is just too high.' Do I see myself doing this? No, I do not!
36[on learning that he had incurable cancer] In whatever kind of a 'race' life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist.
37The noble title of 'dissent' must be earned rather than claimed. It connotes sacrifice and risk rather than mere disagreement.
38[on Jerry Falwell] I think it's a pity there isn't a hell for him to go to. The empty life of this ugly little charlatan proves only one thing: that you can get away with the most extraordinary offenses to morality and to truth in this country if you'll just get yourself called Reverend. Who would, even at your network, have invited on such a little toad to tell us that the attacks of September 11th were the result of our sinfulness and were God's punishment if they hadn't got some kind of clerical qualification. People like that should be out in the street, shouting and hollering with a cardboard sign and selling pencils from a cup. The whole consideration of this horrible little person is offensive to very, very many of us who have some regard for truth and for morality and who think that ethics do not require that lies be told to children by evil old men, that we're not told that people who believe like Falwell will be snatched up into heaven - I'm glad to see he skipped the rapture and was found on the floor of his office - while the rest of us go to hell. Lots of people are going to die and are already leading miserable lives because of the nonsense preached by this man.
39Europeans think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they've taken as their own, as their representative American, someone (Michael Moore) who actually embodies all of those qualities.
40The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.
41Faith is the surrender of the mind; it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It's our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.
42[on Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)] To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of 'dissenting' bravery.
43Gore Vidal decided early on to become a European cosmopolitan rather than an "all-American" writer like Norman. So he is almost Jamesian in his fascination with English social niceties.'


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Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Christopher Hitchens' 'God Is Not Great'2009Short
Texas: America Supersized2004TV Movie documentary
The Trials of Henry Kissinger2002Documentary book "The Trial of Henry Kissinger"
Hell's Angel1994TV Movie documentary
Frontiers1989TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
19682017Short in memory of / special thanks
Pray with Us2014Short special thanks
Kike Like Me2007TV Movie documentary thanks
Tracking Down Maggie: The Unofficial Biography of Margaret Thatcher1994Documentary thanks
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media1992Documentary acknowledgment
The Ploughman's Lunch1983thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
1999: The Lost Story - Tailing the Millennium2014Documentary post-productionHimself
Best of Enemies2015DocumentaryHimself
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia2013DocumentaryHimself
Owned & Operated2012DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Godless2011TV Series documentary
In Confidence2011TV Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2003-2011TV Series documentaryHimself (segment "Hitchens") / Himself - Author (segment "Sainthood")
Newsnight2004-2010TV SeriesHimself
Shmuley-Hitchens Face Off Debate: Is there an Afterlife?2010VideoHimself
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune2010DocumentaryJournalist / Author
Charlie Rose1996-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Daily Show2004-2010TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2003-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Bible: A History2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Author, 'God is not Great'
Holy Hell2009Himself
Collision: Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson2009Video documentaryHimself
Q&A2009TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Fareed Zakaria GPS2009TV SeriesHimself
Christopher Hitchens' 'God Is Not Great'2009ShortHimself
La traversée du désir2009DocumentaryHimself
President2009/IDocumentaryHimself
Lost and Stolen Art2009TV MovieHimself
Fighting Words2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2005-2008TV SeriesHimself
US Election Night2008TV MovieHimself
Discussions with Richard Dawkins, Episode 1: The Four Horsemen2008Video documentaryHimself
Hitchens vs Lennox: Can Atheism Save Europe?2008Video documentaryHimself
Heckler2007DocumentaryHimself
Personal Che2007DocumentaryHimself
Your Mommy Kills Animals!2007DocumentaryHimself - Journalist
The Sunday Programme2005-2007TV SeriesHimself
Question Time2007TV SeriesHimself
Texas Monthly Talks2007TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Manufacturing Dissent2007DocumentaryHimself - Writer
Blog Wars2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Zeitgeist2006DocumentaryHimself
This Week2006TV SeriesHimself
Jonathan Dimbleby2003-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Al Franken Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Texas: America Supersized2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Review2004TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Mel Gibson: God's Lethal Weapon2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tavis Smiley2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
This Week2003TV SeriesHimself
Hidden in Plain Sight2003Video documentaryInterviewee
Dennis Miller Live1999-2002TV SeriesHimself
The Trials of Henry Kissinger2002DocumentaryHimself
Conversations with History2002TV SeriesHimself
Politically Incorrect2001TV SeriesHimself
The Sundays1998TV SeriesHimself
Diana: The Mourning After1998DocumentaryHimself
Hell's Angel1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tracking Down Maggie: The Unofficial Biography of Margaret Thatcher1994DocumentaryHimself
Everything You Need to Know1993TV SeriesHimself - Host
Indecision '92: The Democratic National Convention1992TV MovieHimself
Witness: LA Divine1990TV Series documentaryHimself
Firing Line1990TV SeriesHimself
Frontiers1989TV Series documentaryHimself
Opinions1984TV SeriesHimself
Did You See..?1980TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Drunken Peasants2015TV SeriesHimself
The Hitch2014DocumentaryHimself
Miss Representation2011DocumentaryHimself

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