Richard Linklater

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Following his emergence into the spotlight with "Slacker" (1990), writer-director Richard Linklater was cited by many filmmakers and critics as having helped usher in the independent film movement of the 1990s. Without ... Read more »
Born: 07/29/1960 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Director (22)

That's What I'm Talking About 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Boyhood 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Inning By Inning: A Portrait Of A Coach 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Before Midnight 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Bernie 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Me and Orson Welles 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

A Scanner Darkly 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bad News Bears 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Before Sunset 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Live From Shiva's Dance Floor 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Tape 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Waking Life 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Newton Boys 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Suburbia 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Before Sunrise 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Dazed and Confused 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Slacker 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

School of Rock 2: America Rocks (Movie)

(Director)

Up to Speed (TV Show)

Director
Writer (15)

That's What I'm Talking About 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boyhood 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Before Midnight 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bernie 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Scanner Darkly 2006 (Movie)

(for the Screen) (Screenplay)

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Before Sunset 2004 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Before Sunset 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)

Before Sunset 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Waking Life 2001 (Movie)

dialogue(various cast) (Writer (dialogue))

Waking Life 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Newton Boys 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Before Sunrise 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dazed and Confused 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Slacker 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (14)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Great Directors 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

Cool Spy (Actor)

Waking Life 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Real Newton Boys 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Underneath 1995 (Movie)

Ember Doorman (Actor)

Slacker 1991 (Movie)

Should Have Stayed at Bus Station (Actor)

Texas: America Supersized (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (10)

School of Rock 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

That's What I'm Talking About 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Boyhood 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Dream Too Much 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Before Midnight 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bernie 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Me and Orson Welles 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bad News Bears 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dazed and Confused 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Slacker 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (3)

Tape 2001 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Waking Life 2001 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Waking Life 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Other (3)

The Sleepy Time Gal 2002 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day 1997 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Totally F***ed Up 1994 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Following his emergence into the spotlight with "Slacker" (1990), writer-director Richard Linklater was cited by many filmmakers and critics as having helped usher in the independent film movement of the 1990s. Without his manifesto for Generation X - who later were tagged with the sobriquet "slackers" - other independent filmmakers might not have been compelled to make their own movies, including Kevin Smith, who cited Linklater's movie as the key inspiration for making "Clerks" (1994). Linklater followed up with the classic cult comedy, "Dazed and Confused" (1993), which upped the ante for the young filmmaker. Though at this point he could have gone the studio route, Linklater instead chose to remain close to his indie roots with the dialogue-heavy "Before Sunrise" (1995), an engrossing romantic drama that showcased his growing maturity. He managed to repel a few fans with the dark and disturbing "subUrbia" (1996) and the more genre-oriented period crime drama "The Newton Boys" (1998), only to pull them back with "Waking Life" (2001), a groundbreaking film that used distinctive rotoscope animation over live action sequences. After the equally inspired "Tape" (2001), he directed the financial hit "School of Rock" (2003), before returning to familiar ground with the follow-up "Before Sunset" (2004). By the time he helmed "Fast Food Nation" (2006) and "A Scanner Darkly" (2006), Linklater had proven that he could balance the needs of commerce with his own unique creative impulses.

Relationships

Lorelei Linklater

Daughter
Born c. 1993

EDUCATION

University of Texas

Austin , Texas
Audited classes; never officially enrolled

Huntsville High School

Huntsville , Texas

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville , Texas
Studied literature and drama in college before quitting to work on an off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico

Milestones

2009

Helmed the period film, "Me and Orson Welles"

2006

Directed and adapted Philip K. Dick's novel "A Scanner Darkly" into an animated feature, starring Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey, Jr.

2006

Directed and co-wrote the adaptation of Eric Schlosser's best-selling book, "Fast Food Nation"

2005

Directed Billy Bob Thornton in the remake of "The Bad News Bears"

2004

Re-teamed with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for "Before Sunset"; Hawke and Delpy also co-wrote with Linklater; shared an Independent Spirit Award and Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay

2003

Directed Jack Black in the comedy hit, "School of Rock"

2001

Played a cool spy in Robert Rodriguez's children's feature, "Spy Kids"

2001

Had a small role in Ethan Hawke's "Chelsea Walls"

2001

Premiered two films at the Sundance Film Festival: the digitally enhanced live-action feature, "Waking Life" with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and "Tape," which was shot digitally and also starred Hawke

1998

Directed the based-on-fact feature, "The Newton Boys," about early 20th century bank-robbing brothers

1997

Helmed the feature adaptation of Eric Bogosian's stage play, "subUrbia"

1996

Lent his voice to the animated feature, "Beavis and Butt-head Do America"

1995

First film under the Castle Rock deal, "Before Sunrise," starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

1995

Appeared in Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath"

1994

Signed a two-year, first-look deal with Castle Rock

1993

Wrote and directed first Hollywood feature, "Dazed and Confused"

1990

Filmed the independent feature, "Slacker" (shot in summer 1989)

1987

Completed first film, "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books"

Moved to Austin and co-founded the Austin Film Society with cinematographer Lee Daniel

Bonus Trivia

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"There have been so many bad teen-age movies that weren't authentic because no one was telling us their own story. It was just 'let's sell something to the kids,' the whole codification and classification of a generation and the simplistic short hand that is used to describe it is diametrically opposed to what I want to do." - Linklater on the difference between "Dazed and Confused" and many other films about teens quoted in New York Post, Sept. 27, 1993

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"I like production and I like editing but sometimes I wish the film never had to come out and you never had to worry about whether people will like it." - Linklater to The Village Voice, Feb. 7, 1995

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"In 'subUrbia,' the challenge was handling material that was definitely more confrontational and inherently more dramatic. In the past, I've tended to diffuse the drama in a story and not make it such a big deal. The characters have been more internal, while in this film they're more external, raising their voices, being more argumentative. I think collaborating with Eric Bogosian really pushed me in that direction." - Linklater to American Cinematographer, March 1997

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Linklater's Austin Film Society was one of the recipients of the inaugural Directors Guild of America Honors in 1999.

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"Some people say that I am not a very good storyteller, but I don't know if I agree with that. I'm just trying to tell a different kind of story and they should all be told differently depending upon what the subject is. Film is all about storytelling, even if the story you are telling isn't particularly narrative." - Linklater to Filmmaker magazine, Winter 2001

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"If you are going to make a film, you have to think you're the only guy who should be making this film." - Linklater quoted in Premiere magazine, June 2006

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