Michael Blake (author)

Michael Lennox Blake (July 5, 1945 – May 2, 2015) was an American author, best known for the film adaptation of his novel Dances with Wolves, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Michael Blake
Blake speaking in Washington, 2007.
Born(1945-07-05)July 5, 1945
DiedMay 2, 2015(2015-05-02) (aged 69)
OccupationAuthor, screenwriter


Early in his life, Blake's family lived in Texas, before moving to Southern California, where they moved frequently. He began writing when he was stationed at Walker Air Force Base, where he wrote for the base newspaper. He studied journalism at the University of New Mexico, and later studied at a film school in Berkeley, California. He also attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. In the late 1970s he moved to Los Angeles; during the 1980s only one of his screenplays was produced, called Stacy's Knights. The movie starred Kevin Costner, who later encouraged him to continue to write, and introduced him to key figures in the Hollywood Industry. Dances with Wolves was the result; Kevin Costner then asked him to write a screenplay for the film based on the novel. He went on to do humanitarian work, and continued to write.

Michael Blake had three brothers, James A. Webb, David Webb and Dan Webb, former principal of John Muir High School in Pasadena, California.[1]

He died on May 2, 2015, after a long illness in Tucson, Arizona.[2]



  • Stacy's Knights (1983)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Winding Stair (1998) also directed
  • The One (In development)
  • The Holy Road (In development)
  • Winnetou (In development)


  • Dances with Wolves (1988) Fawcett Gold Medal ISBN 0-449-13448-2
  • Airman Mortensen (1991) Seven Wolves Publishing ISBN 0-9627387-7-8
  • Marching to Valhalla (1996) Villard Books ISBN 0-679-44864-0
  • The Holy Road (2001) Villard Books ISBN 0-679-44866-7
  • Dances with Wolves, 20th Anniversary (2011 eBook) ZOVA Books
  • The Holy Road (2011) ZOVA Books ISBN 978-0-615-51057-6
  • Into the Stars (2011) ZOVA Books ISBN 978-0-615-51053-8


  • Like a Running Dog (2002) Autobiography
  • Indian Yell (2006)
  • Twelve the King (2009)



  1. Last, T.S. (May 5, 2007). "'Dances With Wolves' author Blake gives LLHS students a big surprise". Valencia County News-Bulletin. Archived from the original on May 27, 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  2. Fleming, Mike. "Oscar-Winning 'Dances With Wolves' Author/Screenwriter Michael Blake Has Died". Deadline. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  3. Loper, Mary Lou (November 19, 1992). "Banker Gets Big Pat on the Back". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  4. "Michael Blake Press Release" (PDF). WFLF Humanion Films. February 5, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 2, 2012.
  5. Blake, Marianne Mortensen (2009). "Michael Lennox Blake". Archived from the original on April 2, 2012.
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