|Christopher Hitchens Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||April 13, 1949|
|Date of Death||December 15, 2011|
Christopher Hitchens was a British-American author and journalist who became reputed as one of the most influential atheists of his generation. He was a gifted public speaker and, throughout his lifetime, had published 18 books on the subjects of faith, politics, literature, and culture, including his best-seller God Is Not Great (2007).
Christopher Eric Hitchens
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He was born on April 13, 1949.
Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2010, and he subsequently passed away from pneumonia on December 15, 2011, in Houston, Texas. He was 62 years old at that time.
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
- Father – Eric Ernest Hitchens (Naval Officer, Bookkeeper)
- Mother – Yvonne Jean Hickman
- Siblings – Peter Hitchens (Younger Brother) (Conservative Journalist)
At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens’ net worth was $4 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Christopher had dated –
- Eleni Meleagrou (1981-1989) – The Greek Cypriot Eleni Meleagrou and Christopher got married in 1981. The couple welcomed 2 children together, a son named Alexander Hitchens and a daughter named Sophia Hitchens, before getting divorced in 1989.
- Carol Blue (1991-2011) – Carol Blue, who is an American screenwriter, became his second wife in 1991. The couple became parents with the arrival of their daughter Antonia Hitchens. Their marriage lasted until Christopher’s death in 2011.
Race / Ethnicity
He had English and Welsh ancestry on his father’s side and was of Ashkenazi Jewish and English descent on his mother’s side.
Eloquent public speaker
Christopher Hitchens Facts
- He used to babysit actress Olivia Wilde when she was a child.
- Hitchens was raised as a Christian, but in 1987, he found out that his mother had a Jewish heritage with her ancestors having roots in Eastern Europe, especially Poland.
- He was influenced by eminent personalities such as Thomas Jefferson, Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, Bertrand Russell, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Paine, Aldous Huxley, and Albert Camus.
- Hitchens referred to the highly-regarded Christian evangelist Billy Graham as “a self-conscious fraud” and “a disgustingly evil man”.
- He expressed his criticism of contemporary figures like Mother Teresa, Bill Clinton, and Henry Kissinger through his full-length texts titled The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton, and The Trial of Henry Kissinger respectively.
- He gave rise to the term ‘hitch-slap’ which refers to Hitchens’ unique ability to masterfully craft a snide response aimed to humiliate his opponents.
- He along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett were referred to as the four horsemen of New Atheism, a movement introduced by the 21st-century intellectual atheists. They rejected the passive tolerance of superstition, religion, and irrationalism arguing instead, that it should be countered through active criticism and challenged by rational argument.
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