O'bannon, Dan 1946–

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O'bannon, Dan 1946–


Full name, Daniel Thomas O'Bannon; born September 30, 1946, in St. Louis, MO; son of Thomas Sidney (a carpenter) and Bertha (maiden name, Lowenthal) O'Bannon; married Diane Louise Lindley, January 18,1986; children: Adam. Education: Attended Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1964–66, and MacMurray College, 1966–68; University of Southern California, B.F.A., 1970.

Career: Writer, actor, director, editor, and special effects artist. Also worked occasionally as set decorator, special effects photographer, computer animator, and visual design consultant.

Member: Writers Guild of America-West, Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors: Nebula Award nomination (with John Carpenter), best dramatic writing, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and Golden Scroll (with others), best special effects, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, both 1976, for Dark Star; Saturn Award nomination, best writing, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1980, for Alien; Saturn Award nomination, best director, 1986, for The Return of the Living Dead; Fennecus Award, best story and screenplay, and Apex Award, best adapted screenplay in fantasy, science fiction, or horror category, both 1990, and Saturn Award nomination (with others), best writing, 1991, all for Total Recall; Apex Award, best adapted screenplay in fantasy, science fiction, or horror category, 1996, for Screamers.


Film Work:

Editor, production designer, and special effects supervisor, Dark Star (also known as Dark Talon), Jack H. Harris, 1975.

Animation designer (with others), Heavy Metal, Columbia, 1981.

Director, The Return of the Living Dead, Orion, 1985.

Director, The Resurrected (also known as Shatterbrain), Live Home Video, 1992.

Film Appearances:

Sergeant Pinback, Dark Star (also known as Dark Talon),Jack H. Harris, 1975.

Clerk, Delivering Milo, IMMI Pictures/Lakeshore International, 2000.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Fear-Angst, 1984.

Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon, 1993.

Alien Evolution, 2001.

(Uncredited) The"Alien" Saga, 2002.

Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures, 2007.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Science Fiction," Film Genre (also known as Hollywood History), 2002.



Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, 1986.

Interviewer, Area 51: The Alien Interview, 1997.

The Alien Legacy (also known as The Eighth Passenger: The Alien Legacy), Twentieth Century–Fox Home Entertainment, 1999.

Return of the Living Dead: Designing the Dead, Metro– Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2002.

Dan O'Bannon: Crafting Fear, Blue Underground, 2003.

The Beast Within: The Making of"Alien," Twentieth Century–Fox Home Entertainment, 2003.

Ride with the Angels: Making"Blue Thunder," Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006.

Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001, Warner Home Video, 2007.

Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001, Warner Home Video, 2007.



(With John Carpenter) Dark Star (also known as Dark Talon), Jack H. Harris, 1975.

Alien (also based on story and characters created by O'Bannon), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1979.

(With Ronald Shusett) Dead & Buried, Avco–Embassy, 1981.

"Soft Landing" and "B–17" segments, Heavy Metal (also based on a story by O'Bannon), Columbia, 1981.

(With Don Jakoby) Blue Thunder (also known as Blue Thunder: The Movie), Columbia, 1983.

(With Jakoby) Lifeforce (based on the novel The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson), TriStar, 1985.

The Return of the Living Dead, Orion, 1985.

(With Jakoby) Invaders from Mars (based on an earlier screenplay by Richard Blake), Cannon, 1986.

(With Shusett and Gary Goldman) Total Recall (based on the short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick), TriStar, 1990.

(With Miguel Tejada–Flores) Screamers (also known as Screamers—L'armee souterraine; based on the short story "The Second Variety" by Dick), Triumph, 1996.

(With Shusett and Charles Adair) Hemoglobin (also known as Bleeders and The Descendant), Fries Film Group/A–Pix Entertainment Group/Hellas Video, 1997.

Television Episodes:

"Arms Rage," Blue Thunder, ABC, 1984.


Alien: The Movie Novel, edited by Richard J. Anobile, Morrow (New York City), 1979.

Contributor to magazines, including Heavy Metal.


Sequels to the 1979 film Alien were based on stories and characters created by O'Bannon, including Alien 3, 1992, and Alien: Resurrection (also known as Alien 4), released by Twentieth Century–Fox in 1997.


Starlog, July, 1996.