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FactBiography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 527-529. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

Ross MacDonald was born in Los Angeles, California, on July 24, 1915, to Kenneth Millar and Dorothy Miller. His father was a Canadian-born lawyer and his mother was an American-born schoolteacher. Ross had two younger sisters, Margaret and Dorothy. Ross MacDonald was educated at the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1936. He then attended the University of Southern California Law School, but left after one year to pursue a career in writing.

Ross MacDonald’s first novel, The Dark Tunnel, was published in 1944. His next novel, The Three Roads, was published in 1948. In 1950, Ross MacDonald’s most famous novel, The Moving Target, was published. The Moving Target was the first in a series of novels featuring the private detective Lew Archer. Ross MacDonald wrote 18 novels featuring Lew Archer. The final Lew Archer novel, The Blue Hammer, was published in 1976.

Ross MacDonald’s novels are known for their psychological depth and insight. They are often compared to the novels of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Ross MacDonald was a master of the hard-boiled detective genre.

Ross MacDonald was married three times. His first wife was Margaret Millar, an author of mystery novels. Ross and Margaret were married from 1942 until her death in 1983. Ross and Margaret had two sons, Kenneth and Michael.

Ross’s second wife was Dorothy Lewis, an actress. Ross and Dorothy were married from 1984 until her death in 2001.

Ross’s third wife was Sally Stanford, a former madam and mayor of Sausalito, California. Ross and Sally were married from 2002 until his death in 2005.

Ross MacDonald died on July 21, 2005, at the age of 89.

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Full NameRoss MacDonald
ProfessionBassist, Singer, Keyboard Player, Somebody Else, UGH!, The Sound


Music GroupsThe 1975

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1Successful mystery and suspense novelist.
2His wife Margaret Millar was a successful mystery and suspense novelist, as well as screenwriter, in her own right.
3Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 527-529. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
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Le loup de la côte Ouest2002story "Guilt-Edged Blonde"
Tayna1992novel "The Goodbye Look" - as Ross MacDonald
Criminal Behavior1992TV Movie novel "The Ferguson Affair" - as Ross MacDonald
Blue City1986novel
Double Negative1980novel "The Three Roads"
The Drowning Pool1975novel - as Ross MacDonald
Archer1975TV Series character - 6 episodes
The Underground Man1974TV Movie novel "The Underground Man"
Harper1966novel "The Moving Target"
Pursuit1958TV Series story - 1 episode


Crime Writers1978TV Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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