Pierre Boulle

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Birthday
20, 1912
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jan 30, 1994 (81)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
20, 1912
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jan 30, 1994 (81)

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About

Best remembered for his 1963 science fiction novel The Planet of the Apes, he also penned the 1952 bestseller The Bridge over the River Kwai. His lesser-known works include Garden on the Moon (novel) and Time Out of Mind (short stories).

Before Fame

After studying engineering at the École Supérieure d'Electricité, he worked on a rubber plantation in British Malaya.

Trivia

He earned the Croix de Guerre for his spying work on behalf of the World War II-era resistance movement in French Indochina.

Family Life

Born to a Catholic family in Avignon, France, he later fell in love with a Frenchwoman he met while working in Malaya (the pair never married).

Associated With

His novel Planet of the Apes was adapted into a popular 1968 film starring Charlton Heston.

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