Douglas Noel Adams (often referred to as "DNA" by fans) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He was the creator of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, writing the original radio series, which were adapted for TV in 1981, and the first five novels.
He wrote for radio, television, and theater, and worked at various times as a hospital porter, barn builder, chicken-shed cleaner, bodyguard, and radio producer. He was also a script editor of the notorious Doctor Who series. Adams was known for his height — he was six foot five, about the same height as John Cleese, with whom he worked on-screen in Monty Python.
Toward the end of his life, he was a sought-after lecturer on topics including technology and the environment.
Since his death at the tragically early age of 49 in 2001, he is still widely revered in science fiction and fantasy fandom circles.
Adams had several cameo appearances in the TV series, and his voice was used for the character Agrajag in the radio series, taken from his audiobook reading.
As one of the drinkers in the background of the pub.
As the businessman who withdraws large sums of money from a bank,and then walks naked into the sea (the original actor for the part either called in sick, or was moving house that day); and one of the Sirius Cybernetic Marketing Division members.
As himself in a guide entry on "an important and popular fact".
He also appeared as himself in the Making of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy documentary.
- Right at the end, when the Heart of Gold's Infinite Improbability Drive kicks in, the last thing you see before the credits roll is Adams's head.
Behind the scenes
- In the television series, Adams's likeness was used as the basis for the illustration of Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings, in the Guide entry on The Worst Poetry.
- To provide proper timing of spoken lines on-set, Douglas Adams himself spoke the lines of Eddie the Computer and Deep Thought for the TV series. They were later redubbed by David Tate and Valentine Dyall.