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Robert Ludlum was born May 25, 1927 in New York City. He enlisted in the Marines at the age of eighteen and received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1951. He began acting professionally at the age of sixteen in the 1943 Broadway production of Junior Miss. He also had roles in summer stock and appeared in over 200 television dramas for such live programs as Studio One and Kraft Television Theater. He then tried producing with the 1956 Broadway production of The Owl and the Pussycat. He took the play, four years later, to his creation of Shopping-Center Theater at Playhouse-on-the-Mall in Paramus, New Jersey. His first novel, The Scarlatti Inheritance, was published in 1971. His other works include The Matlock Paper, The Chancellor Manuscript, The Bourne Identity, The Scorpio Illusion, The Matarese Countdown, and The Bancroft Strategy. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd. He died on March 12, 2001 at the age of 74. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Bourne Identity… (more)
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Distinction: Eric Van Lustbader wrote in the Jason Bourne series after Ludlum's death, but these books should be credited to Lustbader rather than to Ludlum.

The Bourne Identity 9,484 copies, 153 reviews
The Bourne Supremacy 6,237 copies, 46 reviews
The Bourne Ultimatum (Author) 5,615 copies, 48 reviews
The Matarese Circle 2,275 copies, 17 reviews
The Icarus Agenda 2,221 copies, 19 reviews
The General's Daughter 2,181 copies, 35 reviews
The Sigma Protocol 2,074 copies, 16 reviews
The Prometheus Deception 1,978 copies, 16 reviews
The Janson Directive 1,952 copies, 12 reviews
The Parsifal Mosaic 1,927 copies, 14 reviews
The Aquitaine Progression 1,924 copies, 13 reviews
The Ambler Warning (Author) 1,819 copies, 26 reviews
The Apocalypse Watch 1,711 copies, 16 reviews
The Holcroft Covenant 1,613 copies, 23 reviews
The Scorpio Illusion 1,606 copies, 13 reviews
The Scarlatti Inheritance 1,536 copies, 16 reviews
The Road to Gandolfo 1,491 copies, 17 reviews
The Hades Factor 1,474 copies, 14 reviews
The Chancellor Manuscript 1,439 copies, 15 reviews
The Tristan Betrayal 1,378 copies, 12 reviews
The Rhinemann Exchange 1,368 copies, 10 reviews
The Matarese Countdown 1,357 copies, 9 reviews
The Road to Omaha 1,353 copies, 9 reviews
The Osterman Weekend 1,321 copies, 12 reviews
The Gemini Contenders 1,318 copies, 11 reviews
The Bancroft Strategy 1,280 copies, 12 reviews
The Paris Option 1,184 copies, 10 reviews
Trevayne 1,174 copies, 9 reviews
The Matlock Paper 1,156 copies, 10 reviews
The Cassandra Compact 1,153 copies, 11 reviews
The Cry of the Halidon 1,106 copies, 11 reviews
The Altman Code 1,056 copies, 13 reviews
The Bourne Ultimatum [2007 film] (Author, original novel) 819 copies, 6 reviews
The Bourne Trilogy 404 copies, 8 reviews
The Patriot Attack 130 copies, 1 review
Trevejn 1 copy
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Legacy (Series Creator) 2,154 copies, 29 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal (Series Creator) 1,529 copies, 16 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Deception (Series Creator) 1,104 copies, 15 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Lazarus Vendetta (Series Creator) 911 copies, 11 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective (Series Creator) 863 copies, 7 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector (Series Creator) 823 copies, 10 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event (Series Creator) 798 copies, 8 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Dominion (Series Creator) 699 copies, 11 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Imperative (Series Creator) 529 copies, 13 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Ares Decision (Series Creator) 362 copies, 2 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Ascendancy (Series Creator) 355 copies, 5 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Retribution (Series Creator) 346 copies, 6 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Janson Command (Series Creator) 291 copies, 1 review
The Utopia Experiment (Series Creator) 291 copies, 5 reviews
Robert Ludlum's The Janus Reprisal (Series Creator) 252 copies, 8 reviews

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Robert Ludlum's parents were: George Hartford Ludlum (father) and Margaret (née Wadsworth) Ludlum (mother).
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Distinction: Eric Van Lustbader wrote in the Jason Bourne series after Ludlum's death, but these books should be credited to Lustbader rather than to Ludlum.

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