Larry Clark

Director, Photographer, Essayist
Outlaw photographer-turned-filmmaker Larry Clark influenced the likes of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant long before he directed a picture. Inspired by his seminal photo essay, "Tulsa" (1971) ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1942 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Director (10)

The Smell of Us 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Marfa Girl 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Wassup Rockers 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Destricted 2004 (Movie)

("Impaled") (Director)

Ken Park 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Bully 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Another Day in Paradise 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Kids 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Passing Through 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Teenage Caveman (TV Show)

Director
Writer (7)

Marfa Girl 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wassup Rockers 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wassup Rockers 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

Destricted 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ken Park 2002 (Movie)

From Story and Characters (From Story)

Kids 1995 (Movie)

original story treatment (Story By)

Passing Through 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Wassup Rockers 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Another Day in Paradise 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Passing Through 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

NCIS 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Buy and Cell 1989 (Movie)

Neil (Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Wassup Rockers 2006 (Movie)

(of Jonathan at 14) (Video)

Wattstax 2000 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

Outlaw photographer-turned-filmmaker Larry Clark influenced the likes of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant long before he directed a picture. Inspired by his seminal photo essay, "Tulsa" (1971), they stole shamelessly in creating respectively "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Rumble Fish" (1983) and "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989), acknowledging their debt to Clark's realistic portrayal of the Tulsa drug and street milieu of the 1960s and early 70s. Clark was injecting amphetamines at the age of 16 and, after a tour of Vietnam, returned to his boyhood home to record its seamier side, snapping photographs off and on from 1962 to 1971. He shocked with pictures of penises protruding from pants and needles hanging from junkies' arms, but his own wild ways were responsible for his distinctive oeuvre and also contributed to his slow growth as an artist. Drug addiction and alcoholism got in the way as did several brushes with the law, including a 19-month prison stay for shooting a man in the arm during a card game.

Relationships

Father

Mother

Daughter
born c. 1975 living in the Southwest as of 1995

Grandfather
worked for Disney Studios

Uncle
also employed at Disney

Matt Clark

Son
born c. 1983

EDUCATION

Layton School of Art

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
attended after high school

Milestones

2006

Helmed the feature "Wassup Rockers," about a group of Latino teenagers in South Central Los Angeles

2002

Helmed the feature "Ken Park" which focuses on several Californian skateboarders and their tormented home lives

2001

Directed third film "Bully", based on true story of a Florida teenager who murdered his best friend; also had cameo role as the father of one of the teens involved in the murder

1998

Checked into a rehab center for treatment for heroin and alcohol addiction

1998

Made second feature, "Another Day in Paradise"; first credit as producer; story revolved around a pair of drug-abusing scam artists who take a young couple under their wing and form a surrogate family

1995

Feature directing debut, "Kids", scripted by Korine

1989

Met Harmony Korine in San Francisco, California; the two corresponded and later hooked up in NYC

1983

Issued second book of photographs, "Teenage Lust"; also wrote text; had received an NEA grant in the 1970s for the book

1976

Convicted of assault and battery after shooting a man in the arm during a card game; served 19 months in prison; of the shooting, he said, "I was doing speed; it seemed like the right thing to do"

1962

Photographed Oklahoma drug culture for first documentary book "Tulsa" (1971); cited as inlfuence or inspiration for films by directors Martin Scorsese ("Taxi Driver" 1976), Francis Ford Coppola ("Rumble Fish" 1983) and Gus Van Sant ("Drugstore Cowboy" 198

1959

Began shooting drugs as a 16-year old (date approximate)

Among the first US troops to go to Vietnam

As a child, posed for a photograph with Walt Disney

Ran afoul of the law and arrested for driving under the influence and later possession of a firearm

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