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Tom Rickman Edit Profile

director , screenwriter

Tom Rickman, American screenwriter, director. Served with United States Marine Corps, 1958-1961.


Rickman, Tom was born on February 8, 1940 in Sharpe, Kentucky, United States. Son of Marshall and Mattie Colleen (Johnston) Rickman.


Bachelor, Murray State College, 1965;Master of Arts, University of Illinois, 1969.


Fellow, American Film Institute, Beverly Hills, California, 1969-1971;founder, director, Squaw Valley (California) Screenwriters Workshop, since 1975;resource advisor, Sundance (Utah) Institute, since 1981;trustee, Sundance (Utah) Institute, 1981-1988;instructor graduate course in screenwriting, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1987.


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  • Other Work

    • Writer, director (short film) What Fixed Me, 1971 (Best Film award National Student Association 1971), (feature film) The River Rat, 1984, (television movie) Shannon's Deal: Wrongful Death, 1991. Writer (feature films) The Laughing Policeman, 1973, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, 1975, Coal Miner's Daughter, 1980 (Academy award nomination best adapted screenplay 1980), Everybody's All-American, 1988. Co-writer (feature films) Kansas City Bomber, 1972, The White Dawn, 1974, Hooper, 1978.

      Author (play) The Collaborators, 1981.


Served with United States Marine Corps, 1958-1961.


Marshall Rickman

Mattie Colleen (Johnston) Rickman