Dean Koontz Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Dean Ray Koontz was born on 9 July 1945, in Everett, Pennsylvania USA, and is an author best known for his numerous suspense thriller books. Many of his books became New York Times Bestsellers including 14 hard covers and 14 paperbacks which reached the top spot. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Dean Koontz? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $145 million, mostly earned through a successful career as a writer. He’s sold over 450 million copies of his books, but has used numerous pen names throughout his career too, including David Axton, Brian Coffey, and Leigh Nichols. All of these have ensured the position of his wealth.

Dean Koontz Net Worth $145 million

At a young age he was regularly beaten by his father, and was defended by his mother, these events would later help shape his writing. Dean attended Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and during his time there won a fiction-writing competition. After graduating, he went to work as a high school English teacher. In the 1960s, he worked on the Appalachian Poverty Program and the experience helped shape his political outlook. The program he worked for seemed wonderful at first, but it ended up being a dumping ground for bad children, and money suddenly disappeared.

In 1968 he wrote his first book – “Star Quest” – actually during his spare time. Afterwards, he would start writing more science fiction novels, later transitioning to horror fiction. He wrote under several pseudonyms, publishing around eight books a year. He used these pseudonyms so that a single name would not be associated with multiple genres resulting in what editors called a “negative crossover”. Eventually, after he had gained a lot more popularity, these books were re-published under his own name. He continued writing over the next ten years, and would finally have his breakthrough with “Whispers”, which was published in 1980. He also had two other successful books that were written under pen names which are “The Key to Midnight” and “The Funhouse”, and another best seller, “Demon Seed” which would become a film three years later. Eventually, Koontz produced more best sellers, often reaching the top spot of the New York Times Bestseller List. All assisted the growth of his net worth.

Dean would become the inspiration for numerous writers who followed after him. In 1997, psychologist Katherine Ramsland published a biography about him, showing the similarities of his life with that of his books. In 2008, he tied John Grisham as being the highest paid author, earning $25 million per year.

Dean has also had a lot of disputed works, with some claiming that he wrote erotic novels during the 1960s and 1970s. According to Dean, he no longer has any secret pen names, but he also had an associate who stole his identity during the early 1970s by submitting letters under his name.

For his personal life, Koontz married Gerda Ann Cerra in 1966. He is a Catholic which helped his perspective for some books. Many of his novels are set in Orange County, California where he lives with his wife. Aside from that, it is known that he had a hair transplant surgery in the late 1990s, and is also inspired by his dogs.

Quick Facts

Birth date: July 9, 1945
Birth place: Everett, Pennsylvania, United States
Profession:Author
Education:Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Nationality:American
Spouse:Gerda Ann Cerra Koontz (m. 1966)
Parents:Raymond Koontz, Florence Logue
Awards:World Horror Convention Grand Master Award, Ross Macdonald Literary Award
Movies:Odd Thomas, Intensity, Phantoms, Sole Survivor
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1While still a young writer, his wife made him an offer: she would support him for one year while he tried to get a novel published. His career immediately took off, and now he supports them both.
2Lives in Orange County, California.
3Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 138, pages 272-278. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
4Was once a high school teacher.
5Graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1967.
6The epigraph page of many of his books quoted poetry from an obscure book titled "The Book of Counted Sorrows." Used and rare book dealers searched for this title for many years before Koontz admitted that he had actually wrote it himself and that it was unpublished. In 2003, he finally published a limited edition of 1250 signed and numbered copies.
7President of the Horror Writers Association 1986-1987.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Writer of horror, thriller and suspense stories.


Quotes

#Quote
1[Robert Crais' novels] Terrific entertainment...swift, colorful, gripping, a real knockout.
2The imagination is a muscle, partly. And the more you use it, the easier it becomes.
3One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they invoke in us.


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Odd Thomas2013based on the novel "Odd Thomas" by
77 Shadow St.2012Video Game novel
Frankenstein2004TV Movie concept
Black River2001TV Movie novella "Black River" - as Dean Koontz
Sole Survivor2000TV Movie novel - as Dean Koontz
Mr. Murder1998TV Movie novel - as Dean Koontz
Watchers 41998novel "Watchers"
Phantoms1998novel "Phantoms" - as Dean Koontz / screenplay - as Dean Koontz
Intensity1997TV Movie novel - as Dean Koontz
Hideaway1995novel - as Dean Koontz
Watchers III1994novel "Watchers"
Servants of Twilight1991novel "Servants of Twilight"
Whispers1990novel
The Face of Fear1990TV Movie novel / teleplay
Watchers II1990novel "Watchers"
Watchers1988based on the novel by
CHiPs1979TV Series 1 episode
Demon Seed1977novel "Demon Seed"
Les passagers1977novel "Shattered" - as K.R. Dwyer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black River2001TV Movie executive producer - as Dean Koontz
Sole Survivor2000TV Movie co-executive producer - as Dean Koontz
Mr. Murder1998TV Movie co-executive producer
Phantoms1998executive producer - as Dean Koontz
Intensity1997TV Movie co-executive producer - as Dean Koontz

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS This Morning2012-2015TV SeriesHimself - Author / Himself - Guest
The Crime Thriller Club2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Crime Author
CBS News Sunday Morning2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Tavis Smiley2009TV SeriesHimself
Comic-Con '08 Live2008TV MovieHimself
Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher2006TV SeriesHimself
Bestseller2000TV SeriesHimself - Author

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