Harlan Ellison Net Worth

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Harlan Jay Ellison net worth is
$10 Million

Harlan Jay Ellison Wiki Biography

Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is an American writer. His principal genre is speculative fiction.His published works include over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media. He was editor and anthologist for two science fiction anthologies, Dangerous Visions (1967) and Again, Dangerous Visions (1972). Ellison has won numerous awards including multiple Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars.

Full NameHarlan Ellison
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthMay 27, 1934
Place Of BirthCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Height5' 2½" (1.59 m)
ProfessionMiscellaneous Crew, Writer, Actor
EducationOhio State University
SpouseCharlotte B. Stein, Billie Joyce Sanders, Loretta Patrick, Lori Horowitz, Susan Toth
ParentsSerita Rosenthal Ellison, Louis Laverne Ellison
SiblingsBeverly Ellison
AwardsHugo Award for Best Short Story, Hugo Award for Best Novelette, Nebula Award for Best Short Story, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, Nebula Award for Best Novella, Ray Bradbury Award, World Fantasy Award—Life Achievement, Edgar Award for Best Shor...
NominationsHugo Award for Best Novella, Nebula Award for Best Novelette, Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, Hugo Award for Best Related Work, Nebula Award for Best Script, Locus Award for Best Art Book, Locus Award for Best Non-Fiction, World Fantasy Award—Long Fiction, Locus Award for Best Collection, Hugo Awar...
MoviesDreams with Sharp Teeth, Soldier, The Terminator, A Boy and His Dog, Valley of the Dolls, A Pattern of Deceit
TV ShowsPhantom 2040
1Science Fiction themes, usually involving Cyborgs and machines
2Outspoken abrasive personality
1The Universe doesn't even know we're here.
2I don't mind you thinking I'm stupid, but don't talk to me like I'm stupid.
3When belief in a god dies, the god dies.
4I hate being wrong, but I love it when I'm set straight.
5To say more, is to say less.
6Don't start an argument with somebody who has a microphone when you don't. They'll make you look like chopped liver.
7I was giving a lecture, and afterwards a student put up his hand and said 'Mr Ellison, you keep mentioning this person Dachau, like he's someone I'm supposed to have heard of. Who is Dachau, please?' I'm sorry but your kids are stick-stone, out-and-out, downright stupid!
8Star Wars (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)) is adolescent nonsense; Close Encounters (Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)) is obscurantist drivel; Star Trek (1966) can turn your brains to purée of bat guano; and the greatest science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who (1963)! And I'll take you all on, one-by-one or in a bunch to back it up!
9It is very warming and pleasing to be thought to be in the company of Alfred Bester and Andre Norton and people like that. But I am conflicted. When you have been the voice of the loyal opposition for 40 years, and suddenly they turn on you and give you an award, it does in some ways make you think it's the end of the road. They only give you these awards when you're in sight of being canned as worm food. And I'm too cranky to go down without a fight.
10Love ain't nothing but sex misspelled.
11I don't take a piss without getting paid. People expect everything for nothing. But is Warner Brothers out there with an eye patch and a tin can on the street? They expect the writer to work for nothing and the problem [is] there are so many goddamn writers who have no idea they're supposed to get paid every time they do something. They do it for nothing. Are they any less a media whore than I? I think not. But it's just that no one has offered to buy their soul.
12My role in life is to be a burr under the saddle. I didn't pick that for myself, it just happens that's the way I am. I wish I could be one of the really sweet guys. Nobody ever says a bad thing about people like Robert Bloch and that's because they are really decent, wonderful people. But for me nobody has a good word. That's because my allegiance is to art, to the work, I have no allegiance to magazines, producers, studios, networks or anything. The work is what counts.
13[1985 interview in "Starlog"] In real life, we are what we do. I'm a writer. That's what I do. Everything I do in a day is in some way connected to it. If I get up and I have my Grape Nuts with raisins or I get laid or I shoot some pool or whatever it is that I do, I'm thinking about writing. It's all involved in the creative process. There is no system. The totality that is my life is how I write. When I get up and when I write is different every day, but every day, I write. People say, "Oh, you're so prolific." That's a remark made by assholes who don't write. What else would I be doing? If I were a plumber and I repaired 10,000 toilets, would they say, "Boy, you're a really prolific plumber!" I'm a writer, I have been for 30 years.
14You are not entitled to your opinion, you are entitled to your informed opinion. If you are not informed on the subject, then your opinion counts for nothing.
15The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen...and stupidity.
16There are two things I found when I did The Merv Griffin Show (1962), the two things I said that got them really crazy, was that I didn't believe in God, and that I really believe there are some people who are better than others.
17I think love and sex are separate and only vaguely similar. Like the word bear and the word bare. You can get in trouble mistaking one for the other.
18We're becoming sytematically driven into the ground. Bad taste becomes the order of the day, and people who object to it, schumcks like me, are suddenly spoilsports.
19[in 1980] There are fewer and fewer people reading today. Clearly. Obviously. Statistics prove it, and historically what we're doing is we're programming ourselves right into an illiterate no-no land. It's going to be crazier and crazier in this country as the years go by and it shows up in every kind of way.
20[on working in Hollywood] This town is filled with weasels and wormers and people who will stab you in the front if they can't reach your back.
21For a brief time I was here; and for a brief time I mattered.
22[his feelings about the term "science-fiction"] Call me a "science-fiction" writer and I'll come to your house and nail your pet's head to the table.
1Stephen King, in "Danse Macabre" describes the scene in the pitching sessions for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) where an executive kept rejecting ideas, saying "No, we've got to think big!" Harlan tired of this and said: "How about this? The Enterprise travels light years out of the galaxy, breaks through the wall of the Universe, and there in front of them is the massive face of God. How's that?" The executive fidgeted for a moment then said "No, that's still not big enough. We need an idea that's big." Harlan said "Screw this. I'm a writer. I don't know what the hell you are.".
2In Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008), he describes how he visited a TV recording session for one of his scripts where the actress, who he claims was "shtupping someone", kept mispronouncing "Camus" as "Came-us". Harlan caused a scene, shouting that "Everyone'll think I'm an idiot". The director asked who Harlan was and when told he was the writer said "What's he doing here?". Harlan left and the mistake was never corrected.
3In Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008), he claims that a set designer working from the Script of Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967) misread the word "runes" as "ruins" and took something away from his vision.
4Neil Gaiman once visited him at his home and was asked to distract an editor who was there to pick up a story while Ellison finished writing it.
5Two of his most well-regarded stories "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman", and "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" were each written the night before their deadlines.
6(1994-1999) Creative consultant for the television series, Babylon 5 (1994).
7An outspoken supporter of Human Rights organizations.
8When he first took a writing course, his teacher told him he was terrible and should give up writing. When he became successful, he sent the teacher a copy of every good review his work ever got.
9Ellison was named Grand Master at the 2006 Nebula Awards ceremony in Tempe, Arizona. The Nebulas are given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which Ellison helped found in 1965 and which he has publicly derided as parochial, unprofessional, ignorant and irrelevant. [See Quotes, below].
10He has won 22 awards for writing, more than almost any other living writer.
11While in the U.S. Army, his sergeant called him The Author because Ellison could usually be found behind a typewriter.
12Prefers to be called a "fantasist" rather than a "Sci-Fi Writer".
13When J. Michael Straczynski was a struggling young writer, he telephoned Harlan Ellison for advice. Ellison replied, "The reason your stories are being rejected is because you're writing crap. Stop writing crap!".
14Had his own name registered as a trademark in 2005.
15When asked by J. Michael Straczynski what role he wanted to play in the production of Babylon 5 (1994) Ellison replied, "I want to be the mad dog of continuity enforcement who bites people on the leg.".
16When he was 20, he researched an inner-city gang by joining them for ten weeks. He published his account of having joined them ("the Gang"), along with his experience of being arrested and jailed for one day ("the Tombs"), as the book "Memos from Purgatory".
17His father was a dentist.
18In a magazine interview, he stated that the two fictional characters he closely identifies with are Zorro and Jiminy Cricket.
19Richard Dreyfuss based his character of Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (1977) on Ellison, a good friend of his.
20His novella, "A boy and his dog," won the 1969 Nebula Award.
21Guest of Honor at PghLANGE science-fiction convention (Pittsburgh, 17-19 July 1970).
22Interviewers and fans ask questions about his work at the risk of being on the receiving end of a barrage of vicious insults regarding the impertinence of the question and the intelligence of the questioner.
23Following a lawsuit, his name was added to the credits of the movie The Terminator (1984). He claimed that the time travel and indestructible robot components in the movie were ripped off by James Cameron and never credited to him. Cameron, in turn, denies having ever been influenced by Ellison's work. However, Cameron's producers said that if he would lose the lawsuit, he himself would be responsible for the financial losses, giving Cameron no other choice than to begrudgingly settle the case out of court.
24In his book "Stalking the Nightmare", he recounts an incident that led to his being fired from Walt Disney Productions on his first day of work. At lunch in the studio commissary, he jokingly told fellow writers that they should "do a Disney porn flick", and proceeded to act out parts in the voices of various Disney characters, unaware that animation head Roy Edward Disney and other studio chiefs were sitting nearby. Ellison claims that when he returned to his office, he found a termination letter on his desk, and his name on his parking space had been painted over.
25He was a conceptual consultant for the television show Babylon 5 (1994), helping out his friend, the show's creator, J. Michael Straczynski. His cameos on Babylon 5 (1994) include two episodes where his voice was used and a brief on-screen appearance as a "Psi Cop".
26He used to be a spokesperson for Geo Metro automobiles, billed as a "noted futurist".
27Graduated from Cleveland's East High School.
28An outspoken gun control advocate, he is responsible for the removal of B-B gun ads from DC Comics. According to a convention transcript printed in The Comics Journal, on a Friday he made a phone call to DC publisher Jeanette Kahn, suggesting that such ads were inappropriate for children. She called him back before the weekend was out assuring him that there would never be another B-B gun ad in a DC comic. In the same transcript, when prompted by Marvel Comics executive Stan Lee (also an advocate of gun control), Ellison admits that growing up with these ads didn't do him any harm.
29He won one of his many Hugo Awards and one of his four Writer's Guild awards for best teleplay for Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967).
30Ellison's pseudonym "Cordwainer Bird" is reserved for works where he considers that the producers have so tampered with the integrity of his original story that he wants the whole world to know it. Hence, if you see something credited to "Cordwainer Bird", you know that Ellison is so angry at his treatment that he's going to force the producers to publicly acknowledge the fact (via the credits) that he considers them rather worse than fools. It is also a reference to the great science-fiction writer Cordwainer Smith. "Cordwainer Smith", in turn, was the pseudonym of Dr. Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (1913-1966), a professor of Asiatic politics, expert on psychological warfare, and advisor to President Kennedy.
31Cordwainer Bird means "one who makes shoes for birds".
32He is famous for his hot temper and outspoken nature, which has led to more then his share of high-profile feuds. The most famous of them was with Star Trek (1966) creator Gene Roddenberry, who had Ellison's famous television script (Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967)) heavily rewritten to fit with Roddenberry's more utopian ideas of the future. Roddenberry would not allow him to put his pseudonym "Cordwainer Bird" on the project. To add insult to injury, for the rest of his life Roddenberry took credit for having "saved" the story, which is consistently ranked as the best of the series by critics and fans and as one of TV's 100 greatest moments by "TV Guide" (July 1, 1995).


Babylon 5: A Call to Arms1999TV Movie conceptual consultant
Babylon 51994-1998TV Series conceptual consultant - 110 episodes
Babylon 5: The River of Souls1998TV Movie conceptual consultant
Babylon 5: Thirdspace1998TV Movie conceptual consultant
Babylon 5: In the Beginning1998TV Movie conceptual consultant
Babylon 5: The Gathering1993TV Movie consultant - uncredited
The Twilight Zone1985-1986TV Series creative consultant - 14 episodes
The Sixth Sense1972TV Series story editor - 4 episodes


Masters of Science FictionTV Series short story "The Abnormals" - 1 episode, 2007 teleplay - 1 episode, 2007
The Outer LimitsTV Series short story "The Human Operators" - 1 episode, 2002 short story - 1 episode, 1999
Babylon 51998TV Series story - 2 episodes
Silver Surfer1998TV Series story - 1 episode
The HungerTV Series story - 1 episode, 1998 teleplay - 1 episode, 1998
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream1995Video Game design, dialog and story / short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream"
Try a Dull Knife1992story
The Twilight ZoneTV Series written by - 1 episode, 1989 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1986 from a short story by - 1 episode, 1985 teleplay - 1 episode, 1985 based on the short story by - 1 episode, 1985
Tales from the Darkside1985TV Series story - 1 episode
The Starlost: Deception1980TV Movie creator - as Cordwainer Bird
The Starlost: The Beginning1980TV Movie as Cordwainer Bird
Logan's Run1977TV Series story - 1 episode
A Boy and His Dog1975novella
The StarlostTV Series creator - 16 episodes, 1973 - 1974 written by - 1 episode, 1973
Circle of Fear1973TV Series story - 1 episode
The Young Lawyers1971TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Flying Nun1968TV Series written by - 1 episode
Cimarron Strip1968TV Series written by - 1 episode
Star Trek1967TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.TV Series story - 1 episode, 1967 teleplay - 1 episode, 1967 writer - 1 episode, 1966
The Oscar1966screenplay
Historias para no dormir1966TV Series 1 episode
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1964TV Series story and teleplay - 1 episode
The Outer Limits1964TV Series written by - 2 episodes
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1964TV Series written by - 1 episode
Burke's Law1963-1964TV Series written by - 4 episodes
Route 661963TV Series based on a story by - 1 episode
Ripcord1963TV Series written by - 1 episode


The Simpsons2014TV SeriesHarlan Ellison
The Delivery2008/IShortDan / White Rabbit
Masters of Science Fiction2007TV SeriesNate
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal1999TV SeriesGrifter
Babylon 51996-1998TV SeriesZooty / Psi Cop / Sparky the Computer
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream1995Video GameAM (voice)
The Pirates of Dark Water1992-1993TV Series
The Godson1971Guy with Barbara and Brunette (uncredited)


Back on Earth?2013Short inspirational thanks
All Things Shining2012inspirational thanks
The Comet Chronicles2011Short special thanks
Kobresia: Fragments2011Short inspirational thanks
Star Trek: Of Gods and Men2007Video with acknowledgement to the works of
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase IITV Series special thanks - 1 episode, 2007 respectful acknowledgement - 1 episode, 2004
Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman2005Video documentary short special thanks
The Terminator1984acknowledgment to the works of


Pizza with Mr. Harlan Ellison and Mr. Neil Gaiman2009Video documentary shortHimself
Dreams with Sharp Teeth2008DocumentaryHimself
To My Great Chagrin: The Unbelievable Story of Brother Theodore2007DocumentaryHimself
'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris2006DocumentaryHimself
Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman2005Video documentary shortHimself
Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy2005Video documentaryHimself
Politically Incorrect1999TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Anti Gravity Room1995TV SeriesHimself
Sci-Fi Buzz1993TV SeriesHimself
The Masters of Comic Book Art1987DocumentaryNarrator
The History of the SF Film1982TV Movie documentaryGuest
Since '451979DocumentaryIn new expanded version
Fantasy Film Festival1979TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Writer
Since '45 - In the Extraordinary House of History2017Documentary filmingHimself
Pencils Down! The 100 Days of the Writers Guild Strike2014DocumentaryHimself
In Conversation: Director L.Q. Jones & Writer Harlan Ellison2013Video documentaryHimself
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated2010-2013TV SeriesHimself
Prophets of Science Fiction2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Author
Dark Dreamers2011TV SeriesHimself
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story2010DocumentaryHimself
Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man2010DocumentaryHimself
An Evening with Sharp Teeth2009Video documentary shortHimself

Won Awards

2000WGC AwardWriters Guild of CanadaThe Outer Limits (1995)
1996Lifetime Achievement AwardBram Stoker Awards
1987WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAAnthology Episode/Single ProgramThe Twilight Zone (1985)
1976Golden ScrollAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingFor his career.
1976HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationA Boy and His Dog (1975)
1974WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic DramaThe Starlost (1973)
1968HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationStar Trek (1966)
1968WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic DramaStar Trek (1966)

Nominated Awards

1976Nebula AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBest Dramatic WritingA Boy and His Dog (1975)

Known for movies

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