- he was one of the original writers for "Twilight Zone" and he wrote two episodes of "Night Gallery"
- he wrote the story and screenplay for "Duel," Steven Spielberg's first major work, which featured motorist Dennis Weaver being terrorised by an unknown trucker for the entire movie
- he wrote the novel and screenplay for "Somewhere in Time," starring Christopher Reeve (definitely a sentimental favourite of mine)
- he wrote one of the first teleplays that led to the eerie TV show "The Night Stalker," starring Darren McGavin, which was sort of the "X-files" of the early '70s
- he wrote the episode for the original "Star Trek" that introduced Spock's "Vulcan grip"
- he wrote "I am Legend," which has been filmed in various forms over the years
Here's a fuller summary of his life and work (he's now 82). It's amazing that all of this stuff I loved during my adolescence were all products of the same mind. Now I want to reread "Button, Button" and some of Matheson's other works, but I'll probably have to wait until I go back to the States in November to find his books, as I haven't been able to locate more than one of two of them here.