May 25, 1927 Manhattan New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
Mar. 12, 2001 Naples Collier County Florida, USA
Writer, Novelist. Robert Ludlum was born in New York City. His father, George, was a businessman and died in 1934 when Robert was 7 years old. Ludlum spent his childhood in New Jersey and was educated privately and at Chesire Academy, CT. Ludlum began appearing in school theatre productions and then performed in the comedy; "Junior Miss" on Broadway when he was just 16 years old. During the Second World War, Ludlum tried to join the RCAF in Canada, but was refused and subsequently enlisted and served from 1945- 47 as an infantryman with the U.S. Marine Corps. He went to College at Wesleyan University in Middletown and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree. That same year he married Mary Ryducha, and actress with whom he had three children. Ludlum published "The Cry of the Halidon" & "Trevayne" using the pseudonym Jonathan Ryder. He also published one book, "The Road to Gandolpho" under the name Micheal Shepherd. In his later years, he and his wife retired to Florida due to the warmer climate. Robert Ludlum died on March 12, 2001 in Naples, Florida of a heart attack.