Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams


3/11/1952, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK



Birth Name

Douglas Noël Adams



Also Known As

Douglas Noel Adams
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Douglas Adams said his motivation for going into comedy came from watching John Cleese on television. But while the world in its wisdom didn't like Adams performing, he did achieve immortality by writing comedy. Adams spent three years at St. John's College, Cambridge, attending the Cambridge Footlights Club…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Adams, script editor on Doctor Who, co-wrote the serial City of Death with producer Graham Williams when a commissioned script failed to meet requirements. The episodes were credited to David Agnew, the BBC's in-house pseudonym.

    • Adams collaborated with Mark Carwardine on the book 'Last Chance to See,' about efforts to save rare animal species, and with John Lloyd on 'The Meaning of Liff,' in which the writers used unusual town names to coin terms that applied to funny or bizarre situations.

    • Douglas Adams married Jane Belson in November 1991. Together, they had Polly Jane Rocket Adams in June 1994.

    • From 1984 until 2001, Douglas Adams was a Macintosh computer user.

    • In 1994, Douglas Adams climbed Mount Kilimanjaro wearing a rhino suit, for the British charity "Save the Rhino", earning £100,000.

    • Douglas claimed to be a 'radical atheist', but actually meant agnostic.

    • Douglas Adams often claimed that he thought up the name 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' while he was in Innsbruck. An intoxicated Douglas wandered into a field and fell asleep, with a copy of 'Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe' in his possession. Unfortunately, M.J. Simpson proved that Douglas came up with the name several months after his voyage around Europe.

    • A scene from 'Life, the Universe and Everything' where two time-travelling characters materilize at Lord's Cricket Ground is very similiar to one scene from a 1966 episode of 'Dr Who'.

    • Douglas Adams failed movie script 'Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen' eventually turned into the HHGG novel 'Life, the Universe and Everything'.

    • Some fans know Douglas Adams as 'Bop Ad' because of his poor signature. Others got a mere 'DNA', short for Douglas Noël Adams.

    • Douglas Adams was comedically influenced by Monty Python, Kurt Vonnegut, and G. Wodehouse. He was musically influenced by 'The Beatles', 'Pink Floyd', and 'Procol Harum'.

    • Douglas Adams has a B.A. in English literature from St. John's College in Cambridge, England.

    • Douglas Adams was friends with 'Pink Floyd' guitarist David Gilmour and 'Procol Harum' frontman Gary Brooker, both of whom played at Adams' memorial service.

    • Douglas got to name the 'Pink Floyd' album 'The Division Bell'. He chose the name from the lyrics to 'High Hopes'.

    • Douglas got to play rhythm guitar for a few tracks at a 1994 'Pink Floyd' concert.

    • Douglas Adam's official Biography shares its name with the 'Pink Floyd' song 'Wish You Were Here'.

    • Douglas Adams owned twenty-four left-handed guitars when he passed away.

    • Douglas Adams was commissioned to write 'The Pirate Planet' for 'Doctor Who in 1978. Douglas also wrote 'City of Death' and 'Shada'.

    • Tertiary Phase', a radio adaption of HHGG 'Life the Universe and Everything' features Adams as Agrajag. Agrajag was the unfortunate re-incarnating character, who kept accidentally dying because of Arthur Dent.

    • Douglas Adams was once a bodyguard for a wealthy Arab family from the country of Qatar.

    • Height: 6'5"

    • 'The Salmon of Doubt' was published in 2002. It featured a collection of Douglas' essays, stories, letters from his youth, and even an incomplete novel.

    • Douglas' trilogy inspired a television series, a towel, a series of comic books, an interactive text-based computer game, and two feature films.

    • The five-part 'HHGG' trilogy sold more than fifteen million copies before Douglas Adams passed on.

    • He is best known for his Hitchikers series, which started as a radio program, then a book, and finally into a six-part television series. His five most famous books, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, Life, the Universe and Everything, and Mostly Harmless.

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