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Also Known As: Died: November 2, 2006
Born: November 22, 1943 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Profession: writer, director

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Leonard Schrader broke into show business co-writing scripts with his Hollywood-based younger brother, director-writer Paul Schrader, and has since gone on to write and occasionally direct internationally-themed projects on his own. The collaboration between the Schrader brothers began in 1978, when they co-wrote two releases, "Old Boyfriends" and "Blue Collar". The former starred Talia Shire as a woman traveling cross-country to visit old beaux. The latter marked Paul's directorial debut and focused on several blue collar workers who discover that both management and their own union are exploiting them. Schrader then based in Japan, where he co-wrote and produced the documentary "The Killing of America", which became the sleeper hit of the year in that country. Schrader's Japanese-language "The Man Who Stole the Sun" won awards in Japan, and with Paul, he also, in 1985, wrote "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters", based on the autobiography of a Japanese artist who self-destructed, and with whom Schrader had been acquainted. His work on "The Killing of America" was with Chieko Schrader, who wrote the screenplay to "Shonben Raidaa" (1984), from Leonard's story. Due to his post graduate scholarship in...

Leonard Schrader broke into show business co-writing scripts with his Hollywood-based younger brother, director-writer Paul Schrader, and has since gone on to write and occasionally direct internationally-themed projects on his own. The collaboration between the Schrader brothers began in 1978, when they co-wrote two releases, "Old Boyfriends" and "Blue Collar". The former starred Talia Shire as a woman traveling cross-country to visit old beaux. The latter marked Paul's directorial debut and focused on several blue collar workers who discover that both management and their own union are exploiting them. Schrader then based in Japan, where he co-wrote and produced the documentary "The Killing of America", which became the sleeper hit of the year in that country. Schrader's Japanese-language "The Man Who Stole the Sun" won awards in Japan, and with Paul, he also, in 1985, wrote "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters", based on the autobiography of a Japanese artist who self-destructed, and with whom Schrader had been acquainted. His work on "The Killing of America" was with Chieko Schrader, who wrote the screenplay to "Shonben Raidaa" (1984), from Leonard's story. Due to his post graduate scholarship in Latin American literature, Schrader was chosen to adapt "Kiss of the Spider Woman" as an English-language film in 1985, and the film was a box office success. He received an Academy Award nomination for the script as well. Schrader stayed in the South American milieu for his directorial debut, "Naked Tango", a 1990 effort which focused on the seedy underworld of Buenos Aires through a woman who takes the identity of another woman and finds herself at the mercy of a gangster/pimp.

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  Naked Tango (1991) Director

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1967:
Was personal chauffeur for author Jorge Luis Borges while studying at Iowa Writers Workshop
1968:
Moved to Japan to avoid the draft; spent four years teaching English in Japan
1972:
Returned to the USA
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Collaborated with brother Paul on early versions of script which would be produced as "The Yakuza" (1975)
1978:
Co-wrote "Blue Collar" and "Old Boyfriends" with brother Paul Schrader
1980:
Wrote the Japanese-language "The Man Who Stole the Sun"
1981:
Produced and co-wrote documentary "The Killing of America"
1985:
Adapted "Kiss of the Spider Woman" big screen
1990:
Wrote and directed "Naked Tango"
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Education

Calvin College: Grand Rapids , Michigan -
University of Iowa: -

Notes

"I believe that romance is dangerous. In its most intense form, it can kill you. Or at least kill a piece of your heart. This kind of overwhelming passion can imprison us in our fantasies and leave us alienated from ourselves." --Leonard Schrader

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wife:
Chieko Schrader. Writer.

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father:
Charles A Schrader. Businessman. Calvinist died in 1999.
mother:
Joan Schrader. Calvinist.
brother:
Paul Schrader. Director, screenwriter. Born in 1946.
sister-in-law:
Mary Beth Hurt. Actor.
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