Michael McDowell is best known as a screenplay writer. He composed the teleplays of 11 episodes of "Tales from the Darkside" and directed one (Seasons of Belief). He was also responsible for the screenplays of several memorable horror-comedy films such as Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas (adaptation).
Birth Name: Michael McEachern McDowell
Birthdate: June 1, 1950
Birthplace: Enterprise, Alabama, USA
Deathdate: December 27, 1999
Deathplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Cause: Unknown (AIDS related)
Michael McDowell was born in Enterprise, Alabama. According to his biography in the 1985 edition of Toplin, McDowell lived in Medford, Massachusetts. He also maintained a residence in Hollywood with his sister Ann and adventurer-filmmaker Peter Lake.
The biography described a typical day: McDowell "writes in the mornings and spends the rest of the day looking out of the window in hope that something interesting will happen" and "collects photographs of corpses". He specialized in collecting photographs of train-decapitation victims and plaques from baby caskets.
McDowell's life partner of 30 years was the theatre historian and director Laurence Senelick.
Contributions to Tales from the DarksideEdit
|"Inside the Closet"||Writer|
|"The Word Processor of the Gods"||Writer|
|"Answer Me"||Story & teleplay|
|"Bigalow's Last Smoke"||Teleplay|
|"A New Lease on Life"||Teleplay|
|"The Last Car"||Writer|
|"Seasons of Belief"||Director, Writer|
|"The Cutty Black Sow"||Teleplay|