Photo of Richard Linklater Richard Linklater

Born in Houston on July 30, 1960, Richard Linklater left college to work on an oil rig and used the money he made to create his first feature film, It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988).

But it was with the low-budget Slacker (1991) and the subsequent Dazed and Confused (1993) -- which were both set in Austin, Texas, and helped launch the career of then-undiscovered stars -- that Linklater caught the attention of critics, who lauded him as the voice of Generation X. He continued to tell the stories of young people with Before Sunrise (1995) and the Oscar-nominated Before Sunset (2004) before experimenting with a technique in which live actors are shot on film and then animated in Waking Life (2001).

Other notable films include School of Rock (2003), a remake of Bad News Bears (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006) and Fast Food Nation (2006).

Richard Linklater in Bernie

Bernie

2011 PG-13

In this black comedy inspired by a true story, affable Texas mortician Bernie befriends the small town's wealthiest widow and then kills her. But despite the suspicious nature of her death, no one wants to think anything but the best of Bernie.

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  • Richard Linklater in Dazed and Confused Dazed and Confused
  • Richard Linklater in Everybody Wants Some Everybody Wants Some
  • Richard Linklater in Before Sunrise Before Sunrise
  • Richard Linklater in Before Sunset Before Sunset
  • Richard Linklater in Before Midnight Before Midnight
  • Richard Linklater in Side by Side Side by Side
  • Richard Linklater in School of Rock School of Rock
  • Richard Linklater in A Scanner Darkly A Scanner Darkly
  • Richard Linklater in Magician Magician
  • Richard Linklater in The Newton Boys The Newton Boys
  • Richard Linklater in Waking Life Waking Life
  • Richard Linklater in Me and Orson Welles Me and Orson Welles
  • Richard Linklater in Tape Tape
  • Richard Linklater in Fast Food Nation Fast Food Nation
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  • Richard Linklater in Slacker Slacker
  • Richard Linklater in Live from Shiva's Dance Floor Live from Shiva's Dance Floor
  • Richard Linklater in Bad News Bears Bad News Bears
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