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Also Known As: Arthur L Linson Died:
Born: March 16, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: producer, director, screenwriter, record company owner

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Former record company entrepreneur turned major Hollywood feature producer. Linson assisted Lou Adler, record producer of the Mamas and the Papas, with the management of several rock bands and the production of Robert Altman's "Brewster McCloud" (1970). On his own, he managed such rock acts as Spirit and Nils Lofgren before starting his own record company, Spin Dizzy Records. Linson's music industry background made him well-suited for work on teen-oriented movies ("Car Wash" 1976, "American Hot Wax" 1978, "The Wild Life" 1984 and "Singles" 1992). Described by former Columbia Picture president Dawn Steel as "a filmmaker's producer", Linson produced Amy Heckerling's feature directorial debut, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) and Jonathan Demme's breakthrough film, "Melvin and Howard" (1980). Linson has also enjoyed productive creative relationships with Cameron Crowe, Brian De Palma, Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, and Sean Penn. Penn has claimed that for actors, Linson is "as good as a producer gets."

Former record company entrepreneur turned major Hollywood feature producer. Linson assisted Lou Adler, record producer of the Mamas and the Papas, with the management of several rock bands and the production of Robert Altman's "Brewster McCloud" (1970). On his own, he managed such rock acts as Spirit and Nils Lofgren before starting his own record company, Spin Dizzy Records. Linson's music industry background made him well-suited for work on teen-oriented movies ("Car Wash" 1976, "American Hot Wax" 1978, "The Wild Life" 1984 and "Singles" 1992). Described by former Columbia Picture president Dawn Steel as "a filmmaker's producer", Linson produced Amy Heckerling's feature directorial debut, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) and Jonathan Demme's breakthrough film, "Melvin and Howard" (1980). Linson has also enjoyed productive creative relationships with Cameron Crowe, Brian De Palma, Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, and Sean Penn. Penn has claimed that for actors, Linson is "as good as a producer gets."

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Wild Life, The (1984) Director
2.
  Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) Director

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Graduated from UCLA Law School but chose not to practice law
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Worked for record producer Lou Adler, managing rock bands
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Founded own record company, Dizzy Spin Records
1975:
First film as producer, "Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins"
1978:
Wrote screenplay for "American Hot Wax" (also produced)
1980:
Film directing debut with "Where the Buffalo Roam"; first collaboration with Bill Murray
1982:
First collaboration with Sean Penn as producer of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
1987:
First collaborations with David Mamet, Brian De Palma, and Robert De Niro as producer of "The Untouchables"
1990:
First credit as executive producer, "Dick Tracy"
1991:
Signed a three-year exclusive agreement with Warner Bros
1993:
First TV credit, executive producer of the syndicated TV revival of "The Untouchables"
1993:
Wrote first book, "A Pound of Flesh: Perilous Tales of How to Produce Movies in Hollywood"
1994:
Signed a three-year picture deal with Fox
1997:
Renewed three-picture deal with Fox 2000
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Education

University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley , California -
School of Law, University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1967

Notes

David Mamet purportedly used Linson as a model for one of his producer characters in his play, "Speed-the-Plow".

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son:
John Linson. Executive, producer.

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"A Pound of Flesh: Perilous Tales of How to Produce Movies in Hollywood" Grove Press

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