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Richard Linklater is the creator of the Hulu docu-series "Up to Speed."

Writer and director Richard Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, and attended Sam Houston State University, before leaving to work on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Moving to Austin, he founded the Austin Film Society in 1985, to showcase films from around the world that were not typically shown in the city. He began work on his debut film as writer/director, 1988's "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books" and, three years later, he wrote, produced and directed "Slacker," which became an Indie sensation in the early '90s. Despite its minuscule budget, the movie became the subject of considerable mainstream media attention, with the term "slacker" becoming a much‐overused catch‐all epithet for America's disaffected youth.

In 1993, he wrote and directed "Dazed and Confused," another influential and popular coming-of-age comedy. Next, Linklater made "Before Sunrise," a romance set in Vienna, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Nine years later, he, Hawke and Delpy received Oscar nominations for their screenplay of "Before Sunset" which continued the lovers' story in Paris. His eclectic canon continued with "SubUrbia," based on the Eric Bogosian play; "The Newton Boys," a 1920s-set historical crime drama; "Waking Life," an animated feature based on live-action; "Tape," based on Stephen Belber's three-character one-act play; the short film "Live from Shiva's Dance Floor," featuring Timothy "Speed" Levitch; the international comedy hit "School of Rock," starring Jack Black; "$5.15/Hr.," an ensemble comedy about restaurant workers; "Bad News Bears," a remake of the hit baseball comedy; "Fast Food Nation," a searching dramatic examination of the burger business; Philip K. Dick's "A Scanner Darkly," an animated futuristic thriller starring Keanu Reeves; "Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach", a documentary about University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido; "Me and Orson Welles," starring Zac Efron and Claire Danes; and "Bernie," starring Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine.

Linklater continues to serve as the Artistic Director for The Austin Film Society, which has given out almost $1,000,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers and in 1999, received the first National Honoree Award from the Directors Guild of America in recognition of its support of the arts. Future projects include the return of Jack Black's Dewey Finn, who will lead a group of summer school students on a cross‐country field trip in "School of Rock 2: America Rocks."

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Age: 56 years old
Birthday: July 30, 1960
Height: 5' 9"
Full Name / Real Name: Richard Stuart Linklater
Birthplace: Houston, TX

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