Art Linson

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
Former record company entrepreneur turned major Hollywood feature producer. Linson assisted Lou Adler, record producer of the Mamas and the Papas, with the management of several rock bands and the production of Robert ... Read more »
Born: 03/16/1942 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Producer (35)

The Comedian 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sons of Anarchy 2008 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Runaways 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Into the Wild 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Black Dahlia 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lords of Dogtown 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Neverwas 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Imaginary Heroes 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spartan 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heist 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sunset Strip 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fight Club 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pushing Tin 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Edge 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Untouchables 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

This Boy's Life 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

We're No Angels 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Untouchables 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Melvin and Howard 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Where the Buffalo Roam 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Hot Wax 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Car Wash 1976 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Outlaw Country (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Untouchables: Capone Rising (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (6)

The Comedian 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Comedian 2016 (Movie)

(Story By)

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

(from book: "What Just Happened: Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line") (Source Material)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Hot Wax 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Where the Buffalo Roam 1980 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

The New Hollywood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Former record company entrepreneur turned major Hollywood feature producer. Linson assisted Lou Adler, record producer of the Mamas and the Papas, with the management of several rock bands and the production of Robert Altman's "Brewster McCloud" (1970). On his own, he managed such rock acts as Spirit and Nils Lofgren before starting his own record company, Spin Dizzy Records. Linson's music industry background made him well-suited for work on teen-oriented movies ("Car Wash" 1976, "American Hot Wax" 1978, "The Wild Life" 1984 and "Singles" 1992). Described by former Columbia Picture president Dawn Steel as "a filmmaker's producer," Linson produced Amy Heckerling's feature directorial debut, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) and Jonathan Demme's breakthrough film, "Melvin and Howard" (1980). Linson has also enjoyed productive creative relationships with Cameron Crowe, Brian De Palma, Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, and Sean Penn. Penn has claimed that for actors, Linson is "as good as a producer gets."

Relationships

John Linson

Son

EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley , California
met writer John Kay, first started developing screenplays

School of Law, University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1967

Milestones

1997

Renewed three-picture deal with Fox 2000

1994

Signed a three-year picture deal with Fox

1993

Wrote first book, "A Pound of Flesh: Perilous Tales of How to Produce Movies in Hollywood"

1993

First TV credit, executive producer of the syndicated TV revival of "The Untouchables"

1991

Signed a three-year exclusive agreement with Warner Bros

1990

First credit as executive producer, "Dick Tracy"

1987

First collaborations with David Mamet, Brian De Palma, and Robert De Niro as producer of "The Untouchables"

1982

First collaboration with Sean Penn as producer of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"

1980

Film directing debut with "Where the Buffalo Roam"; first collaboration with Bill Murray

1978

Wrote screenplay for "American Hot Wax" (also produced)

1975

First film as producer, "Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins"

Worked for record producer Lou Adler, managing rock bands

Graduated from UCLA Law School but chose not to practice law

Founded own record company, Dizzy Spin Records

Bonus Trivia

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David Mamet purportedly used Linson as a model for one of his producer characters in his play, "Speed-the-Plow".

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