Best-selling author Michael Crichton, whose books such as Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain were made into movies, died at the age of 66 in Los Angeles on Tuesday. His website said he died “after a courageous and private battle against cancer.” In addition, Crichton created the hit television series ER. He was born in Chicago on October 28, 1942, and raised on Long Island, New York. His father was editor of Advertising Age. He studied English at Harvard University before taking a year off to go to Europe. He then returned to the States to attend Harvard Medical School and wrote The Andromeda Strain, which was published in 1969. After striking it big as an author, he gave up studying medicine and moved to Hollywood, where he began writing screenplays such as Coma (1978) and The First Great Train Robbery (1979) and directing them as well. Married five times, he leaves behind Sherri, his wife of three years, and a daughter, Taylor, from his fourth marriage.