Robert Langdon
Ron Howard
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Michael Baigent
The Lost Symbol
Tom Hanks
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Dan Brown

Knowledge Identifier: +Dan_Brown


Dan Brown

American author of thriller fiction, best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code add

Category: Literature

Born in 1964.

Countries: United States (34%), United Kingdom (17%), (12%)

Main connections: The Da Vinci Code, Robert Langdon, Ron Howard

Linked to: New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Phillips Exeter Academy, Lincoln Akerman School, University of Seville




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Dan Brown was born in 1964 add something


Brown grew up on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy, where his father, Richard G. Brown, was a teacher of mathematics, and wrote textbooks from 1968 until his retirement in 1997. add something


Brown spent the 1985 school year abroad in Seville, where he was enrolled in an art history course at the University of Seville. add something


He started work on Digital Fortress, setting much of it in Seville, where he had studied in 1985. add something


Brown graduated from Amherst in 1986. add something


In 1991 he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career as singer-songwriter and pianist. add something


Brown and Blythe moved to his home town in New Hampshire in 1993. add something


In 1993, Brown released the self-titled CD Dan Brown, which included songs such as "976-Love" and "If You Believe in Love. add something


She and Brown developed a personal relationship, though this was not known to all of their associates until 1993, when Brown moved back to New Hampshire, and it was learned that Blythe would accompany him. add something


While on holiday in Tahiti in 1993, Brown read Sidney Sheldon's novel The Doomsday Conspiracy, and was inspired to become a writer of thrillers. add something


In 1994, Brown released a CD titled Angels & Demons. add something


In 1996, Brown quit teaching to become a full-time writer. add something


They married in 1997, at Pea Porridge Pond, a location near Conway, New Hampshire. add something


Digital Fortress was published in 1998. add something


Sincerity - The popularity of the "without wax" etymology is reflected in its use as a minor subplot in Dan Brown's 1998 thriller novel "Digital Fortress", though Brown attributes it to the Spanish language, not Latin


Sincerity - The popularity of the "without wax" etymology is reflected in its use as a minor subplot in Dan Brown's 1998 thriller novel "Digital Fortress", though Brown attributes it to the Spanish language, not Latin


Brown subsequently wrote Angels & Demons and Deception Point, released in 2000 and 2001 respectively, the former of which was the first to feature the lead character, Harvard symbology expert Robert Langdon. add something

Major work

2000 - Angels and Demons by Dan Brown


His fourth novel, The Da Vinci Code, became a bestseller, going to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list during its first week of release in 2003. add something


Paul L. Maier - The book is a critical rebuttal of Dan Brown's 2003 topseller "The Da Vinci Code"


The Da Vinci Code - "'The Da Vinci Code"' is a 2003 mystery-detective novel written by Dan Brown

Major work

2003 - The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown


In 2004, all four of his novels were on the New York Times list in the same week, and in 2005, he made Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the year. add something


In October 2004, Brown and his siblings donated US$2.2 million to Phillips Exeter Academy in honor of their father, to set up the Richard G. Brown Technology Endowment to help "provide computers and high-tech equipment for students in need. add something


Forbes magazine placed Brown at 12 on their 2005 "Celebrity 100" list, and estimated his annual income at US$76.5 million. add something


In August 2005, author Lewis Perdue unsuccessfully sued Brown for plagiarism, on the basis of claimed similarity between The Da Vinci Code and his novels, The Da Vinci Legacy and Daughter of God. add something


Paul Bettany - He spent the autumn of 2005 filming "The Da Vinci Code", based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel and starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou


The Da Vinci Code - In 2005, UK TV personality Tony Robinson edited and narrated a detailed rebuttal of the main arguments of Dan Brown and those of Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, who authored the book "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", in the program "The Real Da Vinci Code", shown on British TV Channel 4


Audrey Tautou - In 2005, Tautou worked in her first full Hollywood production, opposite Tom Hanks, in the film version of Dan Brown's best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code", directed by Ron Howard and released in May 2006


Tarcisio Bertone - On 15 March 2005, Bertone was in the news for "breaking the Church's silence" and sharply criticizing Dan Brown's 2003 novel "The Da Vinci Code", saying the book was "shameful and unfounded lies", and that believers should boycott the book


How Dan Brown's wife unlocked the code to bestseller success in The Observer, March 12, 2006. add something


Kellen as Sir Leigh Teabing. add something


In April 2006, Brown won a copyright infringement case brought by authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, who claimed that Brown stole ideas from their 1982 book Holy Blood Holy Grail for his 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code. add something


Akiva Goldsman - In 2006 Goldsman re-teamed with "A Beautiful Mind" director Ron Howard for a high profile project, adapting Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code" for Howard's much-anticipated film version, receiving mixed reviews for his work


The Da Vinci Code - In April 2006 Mikhail Anikin, a Russian scientist and art historian working as a senior researcher at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, stated the intention to bring a lawsuit against Dan Brown, maintaining that he was the one who coined the phrase used as the book's title and one of the ideas regarding the Mona Lisa used in its plot


Peter Smith (judge) - In April 2006, Smith ruled that Dan Brown had not breached the copyright of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, authors of the pseudo-historical book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail"


Michael Baigent - On 7 April 2006, High Court judge Peter Smith rejected the copyright-infringement claim by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, and Dan Brown won the court case


Brown's third novel featuring Robert Langdon, The Lost Symbol, was released on September 15, 2009. add something


It is now credited with being one of the most popular books of all time, with 81 million copies sold worldwide as of 2009. add something


The next film, "Angels & Demons", was released on May 15, 2009, with Howard and Hanks returning add something


In an interview with Matt Lauer on "The Today Show" in September 2009, Brown responded by saying, "I do something very intentional and specific in these books add something


Brown's third novel featuring Robert Langdon, "The Lost Symbol", was released on September 15, 2009 add something


Ewan McGregor - Also in 2009, he portrayed Camerlengo Patrick McKenna in "Angels & Demons", the film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel of the same name


The Casual Vacancy - It was the second biggest adult opening of all time in the United Kingdom, falling short of Dan Brown's 2009 novel, "The Lost Symbol", which sold 550,946 copies


The Lost Symbol - "'The Lost Symbol"' is a 2009 novel written by American writer Dan Brown


Simon Cox (author) - His last book, published on 15 October 2009 in the UK and November 3, 2009 in the US, was "Decoding the Lost Symbol", an expose and facts behind the fiction guide to the last Dan Brown best selling thriller, "The Lost Symbol", with the Cox publication appearing just a few weeks after the Dan Brown original


On April 14, 2011, Brown and his wife created the Dan /86 and Blythe Brown Scholarship Fund to celebrate his 25th reunion from Amherst College, a permanently endowed scholarship fund at the college whose income provides financial aid to students there, with preference for incoming students with an interest in writing add something


Mark Romanek - In October 2011, Romanek was planning on taking over the director's chair from Ron Howard on the film adaptation of Dan Brown's bestselling Robert Langdon novel, "The Lost Symbol"


His books have been translated into 52 languages, and as of 2012, sold over 200 million copies add something


The screenplay is being written by Danny Strong, with pre-production expected to begin in 2013 add something


Brown's fourth novel featuring Robert Langdon, "Inferno" is a mystery thriller novel released on May 14, 2013, by Doubleday add something


Irrfan Khan - As of 2015, he had appeared in more than 50 Indian films in Bollywood, and a few international films, such as "Life of Pi" and "Jurassic World", with a featured role alongside Tom Hanks in the 2016 adaptation of Dan Brown's novel "Inferno"


In late 2016, Brown has revealed that Doubleday will publish his next book, entitled "Origin add something


Irrfan Khan - He will appear alongside Tom Hanks in the 2016 adaptation of Dan Brown's Robert_Langdon thriller "Inferno"


The Da Vinci Code - October 28, 2016 "Inferno" was released in USA, again directed by Ron Howard and writers included the novel writer Dan Brown and screenplay by David Koepp


In 2017, in London, another claim was begun against Dan Brown by Jack Dunn who claimed that Justice was not served in the U.S. lawsuits add something


Doubleday published his seventh book, "Origin", on October 3, 2017 add something


Antoni Gaudi - Gaudí's work is featured in Dan Brown's 2017 novel, "Origin"