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Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende (November 12, 1929 - August 28, 1995) was a German author best known for his 1979 fantasy novel The Neverending Story.


Michael Ende was born in 1929 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, as the only child of artist Edgar Ende and physiotherapist Luise Ende.

In 1979, he wrote Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story), which centered around a boy who comes across a magical book and soon becomes immersed so much that he actually becomes a part of the book.

The Neverending Story was adapted into a trilogy: The NeverEnding Story in 1984, The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter in 1990, and The NeverEnding Story III: Escape from Fantasia in 1994.

Ende died from stomach cancer in 1995 at the age of 65.


  • Ende's name is in the name of The Neverending Story.
  • Reportedly, when the first Neverending Story movie was made, Ende hated the film so much that he demanded that his name be removed from the credits. During production of the second film, Ende, who had not granted the filmmakers permission to make a sequel, sued them.