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Also Known As: Richard Stuart Linklater Died:
Born: July 30, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, actor, oil rigger

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Boyhood (2014)
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  Bernie (2011)
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  Scanner Darkly, A (2006) Director
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  Before Sunset (2004) Director
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  School Of Rock (2003) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Waking Life (2001)
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 Spy Kids (2001) Cool Spy
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 Underneath, The (1995) Ember Doorman
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 At Sundance (1995) Himself
8.
 Slacker (1989)
10.
 Great Directors (2010)
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Moved to Austin and co-founded the Austin Film Society with cinematographer Lee Daniel
1987:
Completed first film, "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books"
1990:
Filmed the independent feature, "Slacker" (shot in summer 1989)
1993:
Wrote and directed first Hollywood feature, "Dazed and Confused"
1994:
Signed a two-year, first-look deal with Castle Rock
1995:
First film under the Castle Rock deal, "Before Sunrise," starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
1995:
Appeared in Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath"
1996:
Lent his voice to the animated feature, "Beavis and Butt-head Do America"
1997:
Helmed the feature adaptation of Eric Bogosian's stage play, "subUrbia"
1998:
Directed the based-on-fact feature, "The Newton Boys," about early 20th century bank-robbing brothers
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
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"
2003:
Directed Jack Black in the comedy hit, "School of Rock"
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
2005:
Directed Billy Bob Thornton in the remake of "The Bad News Bears"
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"
2009:
Helmed the period film, "Me and Orson Welles"
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Education

Huntsville High School: Huntsville , Texas -
Sam Houston State University: Huntsville , Texas -
University of Texas: Austin , Texas -

Notes

"Ideas and thoughts aren't expensive. As long as your time's not worth anything, it doesn't have to cost a lot." --Richard Linklater quoted in Entertainment Weekly, 1991

"There have been so mnay 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 shorthand that is used to describe it is diametrically opposed to what I want to do." -- Linklater on the difference between his "Dazed and Confused" and many other films about teens quoted in New York Post, September 27, 1993.

"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, February 7, 1995.

"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,

Linklater on "The Newton Boys": "Every film is a subject that you are attracted to. It's like what you need personally out of a film. I was ready to do a true story. I was ready to work with that bigger canvas. I haven't typically done a lot of action sequences. This is stil a character piece. The action is such a part of hte characters.

I really enjoyed planning out all of the shots. For me as a filmmaker, that's the fun stuff. But I just couldn't do a whole acton movie. Whern I imagine a movie, I imagine characters. I don't imagine all of these action sequences and hanging a narrative within that." --quoted in Los Angeles Times, March 26, 1998.

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

"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, Winter, 2001.

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daughter:
Lorelei Linklater. Born c. 1993.

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