Michael Tolkin

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Michael Tolkin gives a good interview. While clearly an adept Hollywood player, he casually peppers his conversations with allusions to serious literature, philosophy, cultural criticism, art cinema, and American film ... Read more »
Born: 10/16/1950 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (16)

Nine 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Changing Lanes 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Domestic Disturbance 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mission: Impossible 2 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Burning Season 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The New Age 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deep Cover 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

Deep Cover 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

("The Player") (Source Material (from novel))

The Player 1992 (Movie)

(Novel) (Source Material)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Rapture 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gleaming the Cube 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gossip 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Delta House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Story By
Producer (3)

Ray Donovan 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

The Player 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gleaming the Cube 1989 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (3)

Masters of Science Fiction 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The New Age 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rapture 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Eric Schecter (Actor)

Biography

Michael Tolkin gives a good interview. While clearly an adept Hollywood player, he casually peppers his conversations with allusions to serious literature, philosophy, cultural criticism, art cinema, and American film history. Tolkin's film projects similarly reveal his status as a rare commodity in today's movie industry--a feeling intellectual. As a screenwriter, he pens tough-minded social satires without sacrificing compassion for his characters. Tolkin's worldview reflects a profound and rather refreshing ambivalence. He refuses to scapegoat potentially easy targets because he views all of us as accomplices in society's shortcomings. This journalist turned novelist turned screenwriter began to flex his muscles as a writer-director in several unconventional Hollywood films of the early 1990s. All of his stories to date have been set in Los Angeles, a city as central to his vision as New York is to Woody Allen or Martin Scorsese.

Relationships

Wendy Mogel

Wife
Parenting expert and author of bestseller The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Mel Tolkin

Father
Numerous TV writing credits include "Your Show of Shows" (1950-54) and "All in the Family" (1971-79) producing credits include "Sanford" (1980-81) and "Love, Sidney" (1981-83)

Susanna Tolkin Special Thanks

Daughter

Edith Tolkin

Mother
Vice president in legal affairs at Paramount

Emma Tolkin Special Thanks

Daughter

Stephen Tolkin

Brother
Collaborated with Tolkin on several early scripts including "Gossip" (1993)

EDUCATION

Middlebury College

Middlebury , Vermont 1974

Milestones

2009

Co-wrote with Anthony Minghella, the screenplay adaptation of the Broadway musical, "Nine"

2000

Reportedly did a script polish on "Mission: Impossible 2"

2000

Co-wrote the script for "Changing Lanes"

1998

Co-wrote the big budget film, "Deep Impact"

1994

Co-wrote HBO's "The Burning Season"; directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Raul Julia

1994

Wrote and directed the satirical, "The New Age," featuring Judy Davis and Peter Weller

1992

Played a small role in Robert Altman's "The Player," which he also co-produced and wrote the screenplay (based on his own novel)

1991

Directed first feature, "The Rapture"; also wrote screenplay

1988

Wrote the screenplay for "Gleaming the Cube"; also the associate producer

1983

Wrote first screenplay (with Stephen Tolkin and Stephen Fry), the British film "Gossip"

1979

Was a editor for the ABC sitcom, "Delta House," adapted from the film "Animal House"

Began writing screenplays, sometimes with his brother, Stephen

Moved to NYC after college

Wrote feature articles for such newspapers as, the Village Voice, New York's Daily News and Los Angeles Times

Began directing plays in high school

SIMILAR ARTICLES