Michael L. Tolkin Biography (1950-)

Born October 17, 1950, in New York, NY; son of Mel (a television writer) andEdith (a film industry lawyer and studio executive; maiden name, Leibovitch)Tolkin; brother of Stephen Tolkin (a writer, director, and producer); marriedWendy Mogel (an actress and psychologist). Addresses: Agent: David Lonner, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, director
Birth Details
October 17, 1950
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Associate producer, Gleaming the Cube (also known as A Brother's Justice and Skate or Die), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • Director, The Rapture, Fine Line, 1991
  • Producer (with Nick Wechsler), The Player, Fine Line, 1992
  • Director, The New Age, Wechsler Productions, 1994
  • Film Appearances
  • Eric Schecter, The Player, Fine Line, 1992
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Story editor, Delta House, ABC, 1979
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Interviewee, Blocked: The Novelist's Experience in Hollywood, AMC,2000
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Changing Lanes: The Writer's Perspective, 2002
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Gossip, 1983
  • Let's Go (also known as Let's Go, Pal), Showscan Film Corp., 1985
  • Gleaming the Cube (also known as A Brother's Justice and Skate or Die), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • The Rapture, Fine Line, 1991, published in The Player; The Rapture; The New Age: Three Screenplays, Grove Press, 1995
  • (With Henry Dean) Deep Cover (also based on a story by Tolkin), New Line Cinema, 1992
  • The Player (also based on the novel by Tolkin), Fine Line, 1992, published in The Player; The Rapture; The New Age: Three Screenplays, Grove Press, 1995
  • The New Age, Wechsler Productions, 1994, published in The Player; The Rapture; The New Age: Three Screenplays, Grove Press, 1995
  • (With Bruce Joel Rubin) Deep Impact, DreamWorks, 1998
  • Domestic Disturbance, Paramount, 2001
  • Changing Lanes, Paramount, 2002
  • (With others) The Punisher, Columbia TriStar/Artisan Entertainment, 2004
  • Also wrote It Looks Alive to Me; Cowboy Heaven; and Power of an Attorney.
  • Television Episodes
  • (With brother, Stephen Tolkin) "Big Man on Campus," Delta House, ABC, 1979
  • (With Matty Simmons) "Hoover and the Bomb," Delta House, ABC, 1979
  • Television Writing
  • Other
  • (With William Mastrosimone and Ron Hutchinson) The Burning Season(movie; also known as The Life and Death of Chico Mendes), HBO, 1994
  • The Player (pilot; also based on the novel by Tolkin), ABC, 1997
  • Other
  • The Player (novel), Atlantic Monthly Press, 1988
  • Among the Dead (novel), Morrow, 1993
  • The Player; The Rapture; The New Age: Three Screenplays, Grove Press, 1995
  • Under Radar (novel), Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002
  • Periodicals
  • Contributor of articles to periodicals, including Film Comment andVoice Literary Supplement.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • "Shut It Down," an episode of Taxi, broadcast by ABC in 1980, wasbased on a story by Tolkin and Mark Jacobson.
OTHER SOURCES
    Periodicals
    • Film Comment, September-October, 1994, pp. 54-55
    • New Yorker, April 19, 1993, p. 34
    • Vogue, June, 1988, p. 147

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