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Peter Benchley, Author
Peter Bradford Benchley (May 8, 1940 – February 11, 2006) was an American author born in New York City, New York. He was a grandson of famed humorist and actor Robert Benchley and the son of highly respected children’s books author Nathaniel Benchley.
His books were deemed more dramatic in their content and style than his father’s, and usually centered on the world’s oceans as a backdrop to his vigorous plots. He is best known for the novel Jaws and its subsequent adaptation on film, co-written by Benchley with Carl Gottlieb, and directed by Steven Spielberg.
Several more of his works were also adapted for cinema, including the Deep and The Island.