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.

Awards

  • 2005, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2002, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2014, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Director: Winner
  • 2015, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2013, Berlin Film Festival — Berlinale Camera: Winner
  • 2001, Venice Film Festival — CinemAvvenire Award for Best Film in Competition: Winner
  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2014, Robert Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 2015, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 2015, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2015, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Winner
  • 2015, Robert Awards — American Film of the Year: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2014, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2015, Guldbagge Award — Best Foreign Movie: Nominee
  • 1995, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Director: Winner
  • 2005, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2014, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2014, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2015, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2014, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
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  • 2015, Bodil Awards — American Film of the Year: Winner
  • 1992, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1992, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
  • 2002, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2014, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2013, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2003, Tribeca Film Festival — Best Documentary Short, Special Citation: Winner

Relationships

  • Lorelei Linklater — Daughter
  • Diane Linklater — Mother
  • Christina Harrison — Wife

College

  • Attended Sam Houston State University, Hunstville, Texas, United States

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  • Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Director, Actor, Screenwriter, Producer

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