Paul Schrader Biography (1946-)

Full name, Paul Joseph Schrader; born July 22, 1946, in Grand Rapids, MI; sonof Charles A. (an executive) and Joan (maiden name, Fisher) Schrader; married Jeannine Oppewall (a designer), divorced; married Mary Beth Hurt (an actress), August 6, 1983; children: (second marriage) Molly. Religion: Episcopalian. Career: Film screenwriter, director, and producer. Editor, Cinema magazine, 1970; film critic, Los Angeles Free Press, 1970-72; freelance writer and film critic. Taught at Columbia University. Member: Writers Guild of America--West. Awards, Honors: Two first-placeessays for contests in Atlantic and Story: The Magazine of Discovery, 1968; Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, and Academy Award nomination,best picture, both 1976, for Taxi Driver; first prize, Paris Film Festival, 1978, for Blue Collar; Golden Globe Award nomination, best screenplay--motion picture, 1981, for Raging Bull(with Mardik Martin); Independent Spirit Award nomination, best screenplay, 1993, for Light Sleeper; Golden Spike Award, Valladolid International Film Festival, 1997, and Independent Spirit Award nominations, best director and best screenplay, 1999,all for Affliction; Independent Spirit Award nominations, best director and best screenplay, and Catalonian International Film Festival Award nomination, best film, all 1998, for Touch; Laurel Award for Screen Writing Achievement, Writers Guild of America, 1999. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.

Considers Mishima his best directorial work.

Film screenwriter, director, producer
Birth Details
July 22, 1946
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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May 20, 2005: Schrader directed the film Dominion Prequel to the Exorcist, released by Morgan Creek/Warner Brothers. Source: New York Times,, May 20, 2005.

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