Michael Blake (author)
Blake speaking in Washington, 2007.
July 5, 1945|
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
May 2, 2015 (aged 69)|
Michael Lennox Blake (July 5, 1945 – May 2, 2015) was an American author, best known for the film adaptation of his novel Dances with Wolves, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Early in his life, Blake's family lived in Texas, before moving to Southern California, where they moved frequently. He began writing when he was stationed at Walker Air Force Base, when he wrote for the base newspaper. He studied journalism at the University of New Mexico, and later studied at a film school, in Berkeley, California. He also attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. In the late 1970s he moved to Los Angeles; during the 1980s only one of his screenplays was produced, called Stacy’s Knights. The movie starred Kevin Costner, who later encouraged him to continue to write, and introduced him to key figures in the Hollywood Industry. Dances with Wolves was the result; Kevin Costner then asked him to write a screenplay for the film based on the novel. He went on to do humanitarian work, and continued to write.
- Stacy’s Knights (1983)
- Dances with Wolves (1990)
- Winding Stair (1998) also directed
- The One (In development)
- The Holy Road (In development)
- Winnetou (In development)
- Dances with Wolves (1988) Fawcett Gold Medal ISBN 0-449-13448-2
- Airman Mortensen (1991) Seven Wolves Publishing ISBN 0-9627387-7-8
- Marching to Valhalla (1996) Villard Books ISBN 0-679-44864-0
- The Holy Road (2001) Villard Books ISBN 0-679-44866-7
- Dances with Wolves, 20th Anniversary (2011 eBook) ZOVA Books
- The Holy Road (2011) ZOVA Books ISBN 978-0-615-51057-6
- Into the Stars (2011) ZOVA Books ISBN 978-0-615-51053-8
- Like a Running Dog (2002) Autobiography
- Indian Yell (2006)
- Twelve the King (2009)
- Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
- Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
- Spur Award for Best Motion Picture
- Cancervive Victory Award
- Eleanor Roosevelt Award for work with minorities and the environment
- Animal Protection Institute’s Humanitarian of the Year
- Air Force Sergeants Association’s Americanism Award (1992)
- Amanda Blake Award
- American Library Association’s Library Hero Award
- Environmental Media Award
- Golden Quill
- Last, T.S. (May 5, 2007). "'Dances With Wolves' author Blake gives LLHS students a big surprise". Valencia County News-Bulletin. Archived from the original on May 27, 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-08.
- Fleming, Mike. "Oscar-Winning 'Dances With Wolves' Author/Screenwriter Michael Blake Has Died". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
- Loper, Mary Lou (November 19, 1992). "Banker Gets Big Pat on the Back". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-09-08.
- "Michael Blake Press Release" (PDF). WFLF Humanion Films. February 5, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 2, 2012.
- Blake, Marianne Mortensen (2009). "Michael Lennox Blake". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02.
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