PETER BENCHLEY Biography - Writers


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Name: Peter Benchley                                                                   
Born: May 8, 1940 New York City                                                       
Died February 11, 2006 Princeton, New Jersey                                           
Peter Bradford Benchley (May 8, 1940 – February 11, 2006) was an American author     
best known for writing the novel Jaws and co-writing the screenplay for its           
highly successful film adaptation. The success of the book led to publishers           
commissioning books about mutant rats, rabid dogs and the like threatening             
communities. The subsequent film directed by Steven Spielberg and co-written by       
Benchley is generally acknowledged as the first summer blockbuster. Benchley           
also wrote The Deep and The Island which were also adapted into films.