Leonard Schrader

Writer, Director
Leonard Schrader broke into show business co-writing scripts with his Hollywood-based younger brother, director-writer Paul Schrader, and has since gone on to write and occasionally direct internationally-themed ... Read more »
Born: 11/21/1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Writer (6)

Naked Tango 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kiss of the Spider Woman 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Killing of America 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Old Boyfriends 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blue Collar 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Killing of America 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

Naked Tango 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Leonard Schrader broke into show business co-writing scripts with his Hollywood-based younger brother, director-writer Paul Schrader, and has since gone on to write and occasionally direct internationally-themed projects on his own. The collaboration between the Schrader brothers began in 1978, when they co-wrote two releases, "Old Boyfriends" and "Blue Collar". The former starred Talia Shire as a woman traveling cross-country to visit old beaux. The latter marked Paul's directorial debut and focused on several blue collar workers who discover that both management and their own union are exploiting them. Schrader then based in Japan, where he co-wrote and produced the documentary "The Killing of America", which became the sleeper hit of the year in that country. Schrader's Japanese-language "The Man Who Stole the Sun" won awards in Japan, and with Paul, he also, in 1985, wrote "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters", based on the autobiography of a Japanese artist who self-destructed, and with whom Schrader had been acquainted. His work on "The Killing of America" was with Chieko Schrader, who wrote the screenplay to "Shonben Raidaa" (1984), from Leonard's story. Due to his post graduate scholarship in Latin American literature, Schrader was chosen to adapt "Kiss of the Spider Woman" as an English-language film in 1985, and the film was a box office success. He received an Academy Award nomination for the script as well. Schrader stayed in the South American milieu for his directorial debut, "Naked Tango", a 1990 effort which focused on the seedy underworld of Buenos Aires through a woman who takes the identity of another woman and finds herself at the mercy of a gangster/pimp.

Relationships

Mary Hurt

Sister-In-Law

Chieko Schrader

Wife

Charles Schrader

Father
Calvinist died in 1999

Paul Schrader Screenplay

Brother
Older Born in 1946 has worked with brother on several films

Joan Schrader

Mother
Calvinist

EDUCATION

University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa
studied at Iowa Writers Workshop under Chilean novelist Jose Donoso

Calvin College

Grand Rapids , Michigan

Milestones

1990

Wrote and directed "Naked Tango"

1985

Adapted "Kiss of the Spider Woman" big screen

1981

Produced and co-wrote documentary "The Killing of America"

1980

Wrote the Japanese-language "The Man Who Stole the Sun"

1978

Co-wrote "Blue Collar" and "Old Boyfriends" with brother Paul Schrader

1972

Returned to the USA

1968

Moved to Japan to avoid the draft; spent four years teaching English in Japan

1967

Was personal chauffeur for author Jorge Luis Borges while studying at Iowa Writers Workshop

Collaborated with brother Paul on early versions of script which would be produced as "The Yakuza" (1975)

Bonus Trivia

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"I believe that romance is dangerous. In its most intense form, it can kill you. Or at least kill a piece of your heart. This kind of overwhelming passion can imprison us in our fantasies and leave us alienated from ourselves." --Leonard Schrader

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