Adam Rifkin

Actor, Producer, Cartoonist
Refused admission to a variety of film schools, writer-director Adam Rifkin moved to Los Angeles to try his luck amidst the professional ranks of filmmaking. Struggling to make ends meet as a cartoonist for ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1966 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (22)

Giuseppe Makes a Movie 2014 (Movie)

(Writer)

Without Charlie 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Reality Show 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Writer

Knucklehead 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

National Lampoon's Stoned Age 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Look 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Underdog 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Underdog 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zoom 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

Zoom 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Night at the Golden Eagle 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Detroit Rock City 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mouse Hunt 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Welcome to Hollywood 1997 (Movie)

(Story By)

Welcome to Hollywood 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Chase 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dark Backward 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Invisible Maniac 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Invisible Maniac 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Never on Tuesday 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tale of Two Sisters 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (17)

Director's Cut 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Giuseppe Makes a Movie 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Without Charlie 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Reality Show 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Director

National Lampoon's Stoned Age 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Look 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Night at the Golden Eagle 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Detroit Rock City 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Bone Chillers 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Welcome to Hollywood 1997 (Movie)

co-director (Director)

The Chase 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Psycho Cop 2 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Nutty Nut 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dark Backward 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Invisible Maniac 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Never on Tuesday 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Tale of Two Sisters 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (10)

That Guy Dick Miller 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Reality Show 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Stoned Age 2008 (Movie)

Ishbo (Actor)

Porn Star: the Legend of Ron Jeremy 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Denial 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Susan's Plan 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Hollywood 1997 (Movie)

Adam Rifkin (Actor)

Bikini Island 1991 (Movie)

Desk Boy (Actor)

The Dark Backward 1991 (Movie)

Rufus Bing (Actor)

Disturbed 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (8)

Giuseppe Makes a Movie 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Without Charlie 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Reality Show 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Garbanzo Gas 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Getting Hal 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Night at the Golden Eagle 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Swamp Thing 1989 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Going Overboard 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Giuseppe Makes a Movie 2014 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Other (3)

Love and Sex 2000 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

The Dark Backward 1991 (Movie)

grateful acknowledgment (Acknowledgment)

Going Overboard 1989 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Biography

Refused admission to a variety of film schools, writer-director Adam Rifkin moved to Los Angeles to try his luck amidst the professional ranks of filmmaking. Struggling to make ends meet as a cartoonist for greeting-card companies and local publications, he finally attracted the attention of youthful producer Brad Wyman with his script for the decidedly off-beat "The Dark Backward" (1991), about a failing comedian whose career takes off when he grows a third arm out of his back, which would eventually become his first feature to get a theatrical release. Prior to directing it, he wrote and helmed "Never on Tuesday" and "Tale of Two Sisters" (both 1989), working with actors like Charlie Sheen, Peter Berg, Nicolas Cage and Claudia Christian, among others, and receiving praise for his handling of varied film techniques, though neither film had a prayer of attracting anything but a cult audience. Reteaming with Sheen, writer-director Rifkin proved with "The Chase" (1994) that he was not just about circus freaks, and TV offered him the chance to work in the genres of sci-fi (as supervising producer on USA Network's "The Swamp Thing" 1990-93) and horror (as creator and co-executive producer of ABC's "Bone Chillers" 1996-97).

Relationships

Valerie Breiman

Companion
Together for four years Brieman used their relationship as the basis of the one depicted in her movie "Love & Sex"

EDUCATION

Chicago Academy for Video and Performing Arts

Chicago , Illinois

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2007

Wrote and directed the independent feature, "Look"; film was shot entirely from the point of view of the security cameras and follows several interweaving, storylines over the course of a random week in a random city

2007

Co-penned the live-action version of the classic cartoon "Underdog"

2006

Directed and starred as a philosophical caveman in the comedy "Homo Erectus"

2002

Helmed "Night at the Golden Eagle" a drama starring Natasha Lyonne

2001

Helmed "Without Charlie" starring Judy Greer

2000

Co-directed (with Tony Markes) the mockumentary "Welcome to Hollywood" (lensed 1997)

1999

Helmed and re-wrote "Detroit Rock City" about four teens trying to get into a sold-out KISS concert in 1978

1999

Joined with publisher/producer Audrey Kelly to publish "Hollywood's greatest unproduced screenplays" in book form

1998

Contributed to the script of Joe Dante's "Small Soldiers"

1998

Wrote, directed and acted in "Denial/All About Sex"

1997

Wrote script for "Mouse Hunt," the first $100 million hit for the new movie studio DreamWorks

1996

Created and co-executive produced ABC horror series "Bone Chillers"

1995

Hired to direct Pamela Anderson Lee in "Barb Wire"; left project over creative differences after one week of filming

1995

First feature producing credit, Valerie Breiman's "Going Overboard"; also served as second unit director

1994

Reteamed (as writer-director) with Sheen for "The Chase"

1992

Helmed "The Nutty Nut" (released in Germany); did not script; cast included Traci Lords, Peter Lupus and Vince Edwards

1991

Wrote and directed "The Dark Backward," which starred Nelson as a comedian going nowhere until a third arm mysteriously grows out of his back

1990

Acted in Charles Winkler's "Disturbed"

1990

Was supervising producer of USA Network's sci-fi series "The Swamp Thing"

1989

Wrote and directed second film "Tale of Two Women" featuring Christian and Valerie Breiman, with narration and poetry by Charlie Sheen

1989

Feature directing debut, "Never on Tuesday," a straight-to-video film with Claudia Christian, Charlie Sheen and Judd Nelson, among others; also scripted

Moved from Chicago to Los Angeles at the age of 18

Bonus Trivia

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"Five years ago, I only dreamed of the problem of not having an actor for my movie. I can't take anything seriously, because in the end, we're all going to be dead." - Adam Rifkin quoted in Premiere, September 1991

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On the infestation that inspired "Mouse Hunt": "About two dozen mice had staged a mutiny. It was like they had got together and said, 'Let's stop pretending we're scared of him and take over.'"I'd walk into the kitchen and there would be a dozen of them on the counter, a dozen more on the table. They didn't even scamper. They would just gaze at me in utter boredom. The thing is, I felt too guilty about killing them. I believe in animal rights. I figured I should just move or something." - Rifkin to the Chicago Sun-Times, July 5, 1998

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