Victor Miller (writer)

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Victor Miller
Born Victor Brooke Miller
(1940-05-14) May 14, 1940 (age 77)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Occupation Actor, film writer
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s) Elizebeth (Tina) Couzens Thurston (1962–present)

Victor Miller or Victor B. Miller (born May 14, 1940) is an American writer for film and television. Perhaps his best known and most acknowledged work is his screenplay for the original Friday the 13th film, the popularity of which spawned a long series of sequels. Miller was not involved with any of the sequels, though he remains credited for creating the characters of Jason Voorhees and his mother.

He has also written for several daytime television series, for which he has won three Daytime Emmy Awards. His television work includes Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Another World, and All My Children. Much of his tenure of several shows has been working under head writer Megan McTavish. Recently he mentored the script for the indie horror movie, Nobody Gets Out Alive originally titled Down The Road, featuring Clint Howard.

Early life[edit]

Miller was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of John Dabney and Barbara Leovy Miller. He attended Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, where he says he took every creative writing course offered. After graduating he married Elizabeth (Tina) Couzens Thurston, to whom he has remained married for over 40 years. Beginning in 1962, he worked in TV programing for a year with Stuart Erwin, Lee Rich, Irwin Segelstein, and Phil Capice at Benton & Bowles Advertising in New York City. He co-founded of the American Shakespeare Theatre's Center for Theatre Techniques in Education and attended Herbert Berghof's playwriting class in New York City.

Directing and writing career[edit]

Friday the 13th is Miller's most successful film, grossing $59,754,601 worldwide on a very low budget of $550,000. The original is the only one of the series that had Miller's involvement; it grew into a long series of sequels and became the highest grossing horror franchise in the United States, earning a worldwide total of $465,239,523. Miller says he hasn't seen any of the other Friday the 13th films because he doesn't like that Jason Voorhees is the killer and not Jason's mother as she was in the original. He also adapted two novels in films A Stranger Is Watching by Mary Higgins Clark and The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell. Victor is currently working on the upcoming horror film Rock Paper Dead, set for release in 2016 & the thriller Eden Falls set for release in 2017.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards


  • (1990, 1999, 2001, 2002 & 2004; Best Writing; All My Children)
  • (1994 & 1996; Best Writing; Another World)
  • (1983; Best Writing; One Life to Live)


  • (1985, 1988 & 1998; Best Writing; All My Children)

Writers Guild of America Award


  • (1989 & 1999 Season; All My Children)
  • (1997 Season; Guiding Light)
  • (1993-1995 Season; Another World)


  • WIN (1998, 2000, 2001 & 2003 Season; All My Children)

Personal life[edit]

Miller is the third of four kids, older sister Adair, older brother John, younger brother Keith. Miller is married to Elizebeth (Tina) Couzens Thurston since 1962 and they have both had children together.



Based upon characters created by Victor Miller for Jason Voorhees[edit]


All My Children

  • Associate Head Writer: 1984–1986, 1987–1989, 1997–2001, July 2003 – July 10, 2006

Another World

  • Associate Head Writer: 1990–1995

General Hospital

  • Associate Head Writer: 2001–2002

Guiding Light

  • Associate Head Writer: 1986–1987, 1995–1997

One Life to Live

  • Associate Head Writer: 1982–1984
Preceded by
Lorraine Broderick
Co-head writer of All My Children with Lorraine Broderick
January 1989 – March 1989
Succeeded by
Margaret DePriest
Preceded by
Megan McTavish
Co-head writer of Guiding Light with Michael Conforti
Succeeded by
James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten

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