Jack Finney

Jack Finney, author of “The Body Snatchers,” which was turned into a cult film classic, died Nov. 14 of pneumonia in Marin County, Calif. He was 84.

Finney wrote several books that were made into features, including “Five Against the House,” “Good Neighbor Sam,” “House of Numbers” and “Assault on a Queen.”

The onetime advertising man also wrote the hugely popular time-travel book, “Time and Again,” which Robert Redford’s company is developing to for the bigscreen. A sequel, “From Time to Time, ” was published this year.

“The Body Snatchers,” his second book, became the 1956 film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” which starred Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter.

“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” later was remade twice. Finney didn’t see a cent from the sequels; he had sold away all film rights for $7,500 in the 1950s.

Finney other works include the “The Night People” and “Forgotten News.”

Finney is survived by his wife, Marguerite, a daughter and a son.

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