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Michael Lennox Blake (July 5, 1945 – May 2, 2015) was an American author, best known for the film adaptation of his novel Dances with Wolves.
Blake began writing when he was stationed at Walker Air Force Base, when he wrote for the base newspaper. He studied journalism at the University of New Mexico, and later studied at a film school, in Berkeley, California. He also attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. In the late 1970s he moved to Los Angeles; during the 1980s only one of his screenplays was produced, called Stacey's Knights. The movie starred Kevin Costner, who later convinced him to write Dances with Wolves, and then a screenplay for the film based on the novel. He went on to do humanitarian work, and continued to write.
He died on May 2, 2015, after a long illness in Tucson, Arizona.
Michael Blake Bibliography
Dances with Wolves - 1988
- Airman Mortensen - 1991
- Marching to Valhalla - 1996
- The Holy Road - 2001
- The Holy Road - 2011
- Into the Stars - 2011
- Like a Running Dog - 2002 (Autobiography)
- Indian Yell - 2006
- Twelve the King - 2009
Michael Blake Awards
- Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
- Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
- Amanda Blake Award
- American Library Associationís Library Hero Award
- Golden Quill
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