Richard Stuart Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an American film director and screenwriter. He is known for the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), the romantic drama film Before Sunrise (1995), the rotoscope animated drama film Waking Life (2001), the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003), the sequels to Before Sunrise, Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013), the rotoscope animated science fiction thriller A Scanner Darkly (2006), and the coming-of-age drama Boyhood (2014), for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Director and Best Motion Picture in 2014. Many of his films are noted for their loosely structured narrative; two of his projects – The Before... films and Boyhood – feature the same actors filmed over an extended period of years.
Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Diane Margaret (née Krieger), who taught at Sam Houston State University, and Charles W. Linklater, III. He attended Huntsville high school in Huntsville, Texas, during grades 9-11, and finished at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas for his senior year. Linklater studied at Sam Houston State University, dropping out to work on an off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. 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 used his savings to buy a Super-8 camera, a projector, and editing equipment, and moved to Austin, Texas. He was influenced by Robert Bresson, Yasujiro Ozu, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Josef Von Sternberg, and Carl Theodor Dreyer. He enrolled in Austin Community College in the fall of 1984 to study film. Since his early 20s, Linklater has been a vegetarian...
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