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actor , screenwriter , Film director

Richard Linklater is an American film director, actor, screenwriter. He is laso known to be founder, artistic director Austin Film Society. Richard Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s.


Mr. Linklater was born on July 30, 1960, in Houston, Texas, United States. He is a son of Diane Margaret (née Krieger), who taught at Sam Houston State University, and Charles W. Linklater, III.


Richard Linklater was a student of Sam Houston State University, and later University of Texas.

He frequently read novels on the rig and, upon returning to land, developed a love of film through repeated visits to a repertory theater in Houston. At this point, Linklater realized he wanted to be a filmmaker. He enrolled in Austin Community College in the fall of 1984 to study film.


Mr. Linklater founded the Austin Film Society in 1985 together with his frequent collaborator Lee Daniel. For several years, Mr. Linklater made many short films that were exercises and experiments in film techniques. He finally completed his first feature, the rarely seen It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (which is now available in The Criterion Collection edition of his second feature, Slacker), a Super-8 feature that took a year to shoot and another year to edit.

Later he worked as a screenwriter and director of motion pictures, including Slacker, 1991, Dazed and Confused, 1993, and Before Sunrise, 1995.

His Fast Food Nation (2006) is an adaptation of the best selling book that examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry. The film was entered into the 2006 Cannes Film Festival before being released in North America on November 17, 2006 and in Europe on March 23, 2007.

In 2014 he released a film in the making for 12 years titled Boyhood, which received overwhelming critical acclaim. For a while Richard Linklater was attached to direct a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet for Warner Brothers. In 2014, however, he dropped the project in favor of working on a spiritual successor to Dazed and Confused, titled Everybody Wants Some!!, with backing from Annapurna Pictures and Paramount distributing the film in North America.

In August 2016, it was announced that he will write and direct Last Flag Flying, starring Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell.


  • Richard Linklater is known for his realistic and natural humanist films which revolve mainly around suburban culture and the effects of the passage of time.

    Mr. Linklater received a great number of awards for his works, for example: Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture etc.


Founder, artistic director Austin Film Society.


Richard Linklater’s wife is Christina Harrison.

Christina Harrison - American