Ernest Cline Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Oluwatosin Michael
Jan 31, 2024 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Apr 23, 2022
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About Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline is a bestselling American novelist, screenwriter, and slam poet.
He is the author of the novels 'Ready Player One' and 'Armada'. He is also the co-screenwriter of the film based on 'Ready Player One'.
Cline grew up in the '80s and was heavily influenced by the pop culture of the time, particularly movies, video games, and science fiction. He is best known for his novel 'Ready Player One' that was adapted into a film directed by Steven Spielberg. His books have been on the New York Times bestselling list for more than 100 weeks.
Even as a young boy, he enjoyed, and was addicted to, video games and movies. He had a special love for the 'Star Wars' movies, John Hughes films, and the tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons. In his twenties, he worked in the IT sector and did screenwriting in his free time.

Ernest Cline Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits

What is Ernest Cline's net worth?

Ernest has a net worth of $1 million.

How much does Ernest Cline earn per year?

His annual income is around $ 4,000,000.

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How tall is Ernest Cline?

Ernest Cline’s height is 6 ft 3 in (190.5 cm) tall.

How old is Ernest Cline?

Born on March 29, 1972, Ernest Christy Cline is 49 years old.

Childhood And Education

Cline was born and raised in Ashland, Ohio. His father’s name was Ernest Christy Cline, and his mother was Faye Imogene Cline. Details about Ernest Sr. and Faye Imogene (née Williams) and their family life are not available. His siblings were raised equally by his grandparents and parents in rural Ohio.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Ernest Cline's partner?

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is Ernest Cline's partner. Ernest married Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, a poet and writer, in 2016. They have two daughters. Ernest met his wife in 1998 at the National Poetry Slam. Apart from this, details about the personal life and family life of Ernest Cline are unknown even to Ernest Cline fans.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Ernest Cline started his career in information technology, doing screenwriting as a side hustle. In 2010, he sold his first book, 'Ready Player One'. Warner Brothers got the filming rights for this novel. The novel was published under Crown Publishing Group, and they had to win the bid to publish the novel. Through Warner Brothers, Ernest got an opportunity and a breakthrough to become a screenwriter.
His second novel, 'Armada', was released in 2015. It was published under Crown Publishing Group. 'Ready Player Two' was released in 2020. Ernest is best known for being one of the New York Times bestselling writers, especially for his 'Ready Player One' series. He is also known for his screenplay writing for the 2009 film 'Fanboys'. There is also a film adaptation of 'Ready Player One'.
The movie based on 'Ready Player One' was released in 2018 and was directed by Steven Allan Spielberg. Ernest Cline fans are all about this particular adaptation.

What awards has Ernest Cline won?

Awards and nominations for Ernest include being a nominee for the John W Campbell Memorial award for Best Novel in 2012 for 'Ready Player One'.
He was also a Prometheus award winner for Best Book in 2012 for 'Ready Player One'.

Ernest Cline's Hobbies and Interests

Writing is Ernest’s favorite hobby. He also loves gaming and spends a considerable amount of time playing video games. He is also an excellent Slam poet and has won many slam poetry competitions.

Other Interesting Ernest Cline Facts And Trivia

'Black Tiger' is Ernest Cline’s all-time favorite game, and he has made several mentions of the same in his novel 'Ready Player One'.
One of his slam poems, 'Dance Monkeys Dance', became a popular viral video that has been translated into 29 different languages.
While a poet, he performed his work at Austin Poetry Slam Venues from 1997-2001. In 1998 and 2001, he became the Austin Poetry Slam Champ and competed in the national level poetry slam champ for both years.
He married Cristin O'Lefe Aptowicz, and the couple met at the National Poetry Slam.
'The Importance Of Being Ernest' is a collection of poems by him that he self-published in 2001. He published its next version in 2013.
Ernest Cline co-wrote a screenplay for the novel 'Ready Player One', and Steven Spielberg directed this alongside Zak Penn.
Ernest Cline released his second novel in 2015 and eventually announced that the film rights had been sold to Universal Pictures.
The American novelist has also appeared in TV series like 'Ain't It Cool With Harry Knowles' and 'Today'.

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Ernest Cline Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Ernest Christy Cline

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190 cm

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Author, Screenwriter, Novelist, Comedian, Comics Artist


Ashland High School

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Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz


Ernest Christy Cline, Faye Imogene Cline


Eric Cline
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