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Also Known As: Rif Coogan Died:
Born: December 31, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, second unit director, producer, actor, cartoonist

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Refused admission to a variety of film schools, writer-director Adam Rifkin moved to Los Angeles to try his luck amidst the professional ranks of filmmaking. Struggling to make ends meet as a cartoonist for greeting-card companies and local publications, he finally attracted the attention of youthful producer Brad Wyman with his script for the decidedly off-beat "The Dark Backward" (1991), about a failing comedian whose career takes off when he grows a third arm out of his back, which would eventually become his first feature to get a theatrical release. Prior to directing it, he wrote and helmed "Never on Tuesday" and "Tale of Two Sisters" (both 1989), working with actors like Charlie Sheen, Peter Berg, Nicolas Cage and Claudia Christian, among others, and receiving praise for his handling of varied film techniques, though neither film had a prayer of attracting anything but a cult audience. Reteaming with Sheen, writer-director Rifkin proved with "The Chase" (1994) that he was not just about circus freaks, and TV offered him the chance to work in the genres of sci-fi (as supervising producer on USA Network's "The Swamp Thing" 1990-93) and horror (as creator and co-executive producer of ABC's "Bone...

Refused admission to a variety of film schools, writer-director Adam Rifkin moved to Los Angeles to try his luck amidst the professional ranks of filmmaking. Struggling to make ends meet as a cartoonist for greeting-card companies and local publications, he finally attracted the attention of youthful producer Brad Wyman with his script for the decidedly off-beat "The Dark Backward" (1991), about a failing comedian whose career takes off when he grows a third arm out of his back, which would eventually become his first feature to get a theatrical release. Prior to directing it, he wrote and helmed "Never on Tuesday" and "Tale of Two Sisters" (both 1989), working with actors like Charlie Sheen, Peter Berg, Nicolas Cage and Claudia Christian, among others, and receiving praise for his handling of varied film techniques, though neither film had a prayer of attracting anything but a cult audience. Reteaming with Sheen, writer-director Rifkin proved with "The Chase" (1994) that he was not just about circus freaks, and TV offered him the chance to work in the genres of sci-fi (as supervising producer on USA Network's "The Swamp Thing" 1990-93) and horror (as creator and co-executive producer of ABC's "Bone Chillers" 1996-97).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Look (2007)
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  Detroit Rock City (1999) Director
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  Welcome to Hollywood (1998) Co-Director
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  Chase, The (1994) Director
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  Nutty Nut, The (1992) Director
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  Dark Backward, The (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Welcome to Hollywood (1998) Adam Rifkin
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 Bikini Island (1991)
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 Dark Backward, The (1991) Rufus Bing
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 Disturbed (1990)
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 Denial (1998) Reuben
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 Susan's Plan (1998) Gambler No 1
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Moved from Chicago to Los Angeles at the age of 18
1989:
Feature directing debut, "Never on Tuesday," a straight-to-video film with Claudia Christian, Charlie Sheen and Judd Nelson, among others; also scripted
1989:
Wrote and directed second film "Tale of Two Women" featuring Christian and Valerie Breiman, with narration and poetry by Charlie Sheen
1990:
Acted in Charles Winkler's "Disturbed"
1990:
Was supervising producer of USA Network's sci-fi series "The Swamp Thing"
1991:
Wrote and directed "The Dark Backward," which starred Nelson as a comedian going nowhere until a third arm mysteriously grows out of his back
1992:
Helmed "The Nutty Nut" (released in Germany); did not script; cast included Traci Lords, Peter Lupus and Vince Edwards
1994:
Reteamed (as writer-director) with Sheen for "The Chase"
1995:
Hired to direct Pamela Anderson Lee in "Barb Wire"; left project over creative differences after one week of filming
1995:
First feature producing credit, Valerie Breiman's "Going Overboard"; also served as second unit director
1996:
Created and co-executive produced ABC horror series "Bone Chillers"
1997:
Wrote script for "Mouse Hunt," the first $100 million hit for the new movie studio DreamWorks
1998:
Contributed to the script of Joe Dante's "Small Soldiers"
1998:
Wrote, directed and acted in "Denial/All About Sex"
1999:
Helmed and re-wrote "Detroit Rock City" about four teens trying to get into a sold-out KISS concert in 1978
1999:
Joined with publisher/producer Audrey Kelly to publish "Hollywood's greatest unproduced screenplays" in book form
2000:
Co-directed (with Tony Markes) the mockumentary "Welcome to Hollywood" (lensed 1997)
2001:
Helmed "Without Charlie" starring Judy Greer
2002:
Helmed "Night at the Golden Eagle" a drama starring Natasha Lyonne
2006:
Directed and starred as a philosophical caveman in the comedy "Homo Erectus"
2007:
Co-penned the live-action version of the classic cartoon "Underdog"
2007:
Wrote and directed the independent feature, "Look"; film was shot entirely from the point of view of the security cameras and follows several interweaving, storylines over the course of a random week in a random city
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
Chicago Academy for Video and Performing Arts: Chicago , Illinois -

Notes

"Five years ago, I only dreamed of the problem of not having an actor for my movie. I can't take anything seriously, because in the end, we're all going to be dead." --Adam Rifkin quoted in PREMIERE, September 1991

On the infestation that inspired "Mouse Hunt": "About two dozen mice had staged a mutiny. It was like they had got together and said, 'Let's stop pretending we're scared of him and take over.'

"I'd walk into the kitchen and there would be a dozen of them on the counter, a dozen more on the table. They didn't even scamper. They would just gaze at me in utter boredom. The thing is, I felt too guilty about killing them. I believe in animal rights. I figured I should just move or something." --Rifkin to CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, July 5, 1998

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companion:
Valerie Breiman. Screenwriter, director. Together for four years; Brieman used their relationship as the basis of the one depicted in her movie "Love & Sex".

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