Paul Schrader

Screenwriter, Director, Critic
Once called the best screenwriter never to be nominated for an Oscar, writer-director Paul Schrader emerged in the 1970s as one of American cinema's most compelling contributors, thanks in large part to his ... Read more »
Born: 07/22/1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Writer (26)

Dying of the Light 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Jesuit 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Walker 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Affliction 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Touch 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Light Sleeper 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mosquito Coast 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Gigolo 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hardcore 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Old Boyfriends 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blue Collar 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rolling Thunder 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rolling Thunder 1977 (Movie)

(From Story)

Obsession 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)

Obsession 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taxi Driver 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Yakuza 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Xtrme City (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (20)

Dying of the Light 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Canyons 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Adam Resurrected 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Walker 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Forever Mine 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Affliction 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Touch 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Light Sleeper 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Comfort of Strangers 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Patty Hearst 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Cat People 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

American Gigolo 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Hardcore 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Blue Collar 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Witch Hunt (TV Show)

Director

Xtrme City (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (11)

Hitchcock/Truffaut 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Eames the Architect and the Painter 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tales From The Script 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Nick Nolte 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Mavericks 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Martin Scorsese Directs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

De Weg Naar Bresson 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Music (3)

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

("Snap!") (Song)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

("Hard Workin' Man") (Song)

Blue Collar 1978 (Movie)

("Hard Workin' Man") (Song)
Producer (2)

Old Boyfriends 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Oklahoma City Bombing Project (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Other (1)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

(dialogue from "Raging Bull" provider) (Special Thanks)

Biography

Once called the best screenwriter never to be nominated for an Oscar, writer-director Paul Schrader emerged in the 1970s as one of American cinema's most compelling contributors, thanks in large part to his collaborations with director Martin Scorsese on some of the best movies ever made. After marking his writing debut with the underrated thriller "The Yakuza" (1975), Schrader wrote the dense and gritty "Taxi Driver" (1976) for Scorsese, creating arguably one of cinema's most memorable lead characters in Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro). He went on to write "Obsession" (1977) for Brian De Palma before making an auspicious directorial debut with "Blue Collar" (1978). But Schrader saved his best for his second collaboration with Scorsese and De Niro, "Raging Bull" (1980), an unrelenting portrait of a man, Jake La Motta, gripped by unceasing violence. He also caused a small amount of controversy by directing "American Gigolo" (1980), but nothing compared to his third collaboration with Scorsese, "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988), which outraged many Christian groups for its portrayal of Jesus making love to Mary Magdalene. Though his career fell off a bit in the 1990s, Schrader re-emerged in the following decade with "Auto Focus" (2002), a sordid but compelling look at the sex addiction of sitcom star Bob Crane that helped underscore a career that delved into complex sexual mores and unflinchingly revealed the unseemly underbelly of American life.

Relationships

Mary Beth Hurt Actor

Wife
Married on August 6, 1983

Nastassja Kinski Actor

Companion
Had relationship during filming of "Cat People" (1982)

Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer

Wife

Jeannine Oppewall

Wife
Divorced in the early 1970s

Michelle Rappaport

Companion
Together c. 1974 to 1981

Charles Schrader

Father
Calvinist died in 1999

Leonard Schrader Screenplay

Sibling
has worked with brother on several films Younger Born in 1944

Joan Schrader

Mother
Calvinist

Molly Schrader

Daughter
Born c. 1984 mother, Mary Beth Hurt

Sam Schrader

Son
Born c. 1988 mother, Mary Beth Hurt

Beverly Walker

Companion
Together c. 1970-1972

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1970
Attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1969
Center for Advanced Film Studies

AFI Conservatory

1969

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1969

Calvin College

Grand Rapids , Michigan 1968

Calvin College

Grand Rapids , Michigan 1968

Columbia University

New York , New York 1966
Attended summer courses

Milestones

2007

Helmed the independent feature, "The Walker" starring Woody Harrelson and Kristin Scott Thomas; also scripted

2003

Directed a prequel film to "The Exorcist" (1973); the studio disliked the resulting film and had it re-shot under director Renny Harlin; it was released as "Exorcist: The Beginning" in 2004

2002

Directed "Auto Focus," the true-life story of TV actor Bob Crane's kinky secret life and death

1999

Contributed to the screenplay of old collaborator Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead"

1999

Wrote and directed "Forever Mine," co-starring Joseph Finnes, Gretchen Mol and Ray Liotta

1997

Wrote and directed "Affliction" starring Nick Nolte and Sissy Spacek; screened at the 1997 Venice Film Festival and the 1998 Sundance Film Festival (released theatrically in 1998)

1997

Adapted the Elmore Leonard novel "Touch"; also directed; earned Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay

1992

Wrote and directed "Light Sleeper," starring Willem Dafoe and Dana Delaney

1990

Directed "The Comfort of Strangers," starring Natasha Richardson and Christopher Walken

1988

First screen collaboration with Natasha Richardson, the biopic "Patty Hearst"

1988

Wrote screenplay adaptation of the novel "The Last Temptation of Christ"; third collaboration with Martin Scorsese

1985

With brother, co-wrote script for "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters"; also directed

1980

Co-wrote "Raging Bull"; second collaboration with Scorsese

1979

Wrote and directed "American Gigolo" starring Richard Gere

1978

Produced and co-wrote (with brother Leonard Schrader) "Old Boyfriends"

1978

Directorial debut, "Blue Collar"; also co-wrote screenplay with brother

1976

First collaboration with Martin Scorsese, "Taxi Driver"

1975

Screenwriting debut, "The Yakuza," co-written with Robert Towne

1968

Worked as a film critic for Los Angeles Free Press and as editor of critical journal at Cinema

1966

While taking classes at Columbia University, introduced to Pauline Kael

Collaborated with brother Leonard on early drafts of script which would become "The Yakuza"

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