Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Michael Jackson Remembered

How the child superstar grew into an icon beloved by the world – and the eccentricities that later defined him


Jackson was inspired to do a horror-themed clip for "Thriller" after seeing John Landis's An American Werewolf in London. "It was a different type of horror movie. It was comedy and horror," Jackson said. "I said ... 'We gotta get in touch with him.' " Landis directed the epic 14-minute clip, which premiered on MTV before Christmas 1983. Thriller, Jackson's breakout '82 album, went on to sell more than 100 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.