Richard Linklater



  • Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/30/1960, Leo
  • Profession: Director; actor; screenwriter; producer
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Richard Linklater Fast Facts:
  • Earned a college baseball scholarship and played for two years before an arrhythmic heart condition ended his baseball career.
  • Left college to work on an offshore oil rig.
  • Is a self-taught filmmaker. 
  • Founded the Austin Film Society in 1985 and serves as its artistic director.
  • Several of his films, including Slacker (1991) and Dazed and Confused (1993), are set in his home state of Texas.
  • Founded Detour Filmproduction (a film-production company based in Austin).
  • In 2006, he became the first director to showcase two films (Fast Food Nation and A Scanner Darkly) at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • The subject of his 2011 film Bernie, convicted murderer Bernie Tiede, was released from prison in 2014; one of the conditions of his release was that he had to live in Linklater's garage apartment.
  • Is a vegetarian.
  • Richard Linklater Relationships:
  • Diane Linklater - Mother
  • Lorelei Linklater - Daughter
  • Richard Linklater Awards:
  • 2004 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Nominee
  • 2003 Tribeca Film Festival: Best Documentary Short, Special Citation - Winner
  • 2013 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Nominee
  • 2014 Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear for Best Director - Winner
  • 2013 Berlin Film Festival: Berlinale Camera - Winner
  • 2014 Independent Spirit Awards: Best Screenplay - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Sam Houston State University, Hunstville, Texas, United States


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