Michael Crichton created the incredibly successful TV series ER. He also served as executive producer.
When Michael Crichton died, there was a brief tribute to him that aired at the beginning of ER on Nov. 13, 2008. It featured Eriq La Salle, who played “Peter Benton”.
After a 15-season run, the show’s final episode aired on April 2, 2009. In the documentary ER Retrospective which preceded it, actor Noah Wyle, who played “John Carter” said:
I would love to have him there when we have our finale party, be able to shake his hand and thank him for the life I lead.
But you know, I always felt he was watching, I was always aiming to please.
Michael Crichton, in response to the question “Have you ever made a character in one of your novels represent yourself?”, said:
They all represent me, in a way. And they all don't represent me, in a way. But I was aware of the Noah Wyle character in ER, and the Anthony Edwards character in ER, being close to me because they were close to my life experiences.
Anthony Edwards, who played “Mark Greene” on the show said:
Michael Crichton was the original creator of E.R. He really based E.R. on his life as a young medical doctor. Michael was always really proud of the fact he had created something and passed it on. He was the starter of it all. He will be greatly missed.
In the Associated Press story about Crichton’s death, John Wells, also an executive producer of ER, shared his thoughts:
…an extraordinary man. Brilliant, funny, erudite, gracious, exceptionally inquisitive and always thoughtful.
No lunch with Michael lasted less than three hours and no subject was too prosaic or obscure to attract his interest. Sexual politics, medical and scientific ethics, anthropology, archaeology, economics, astronomy, astrology, quantum physics, and molecular biology were all regular topics of conversation.