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."