Paul Schrader

Film Director
Born Jul 22, 1946

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and former film critic. Apart from his credentials as a director, Schrader is most known for his screenplays for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Schrader.


1946 Birth Born on July 22, 1946.


1959 12 Years Old The endings of Schrader's films American Gigolo and Light Sleeper bear obvious resemblance to that of Bresson's 1959 film Pickpocket. … Read More


1974 27 Years Old In 1974, Schrader and his brother Leonard cowrote The Yakuza, a film set in the Japanese crime world. … Read More
1975 28 Years Old Although The Yakuza failed commercially, it brought Schrader to the attention of the new generation of Hollywood directors. In 1975, he wrote the script for Obsession for Brian De Palma. … Read More


1982 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Schrader has also directed 18 feature films, including his directing debut crime drama, Blue Collar (which he and his brother, Leonard, both wrote), the somewhat autobiographical crime drama Hardcore (which he himself also wrote), his 1982 remake of the horror classic Cat People, the crime drama American Gigolo (1980), the biographical drama Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), the cult film Light Sleeper (1992), the drama Affliction (1997), the biographical film Auto Focus (2002), and the erotic dramatic thriller The Canyons (2013). … Read More


1987 40 Years Old In 1987, he was a member of the jury at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old Schrader has written two stage plays, Berlinale and Cleopatra Club. The latter saw its premiere at the Powerhouse Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1995 and its foreign language debut in Vienna in 2011. … Read More


1997 50 Years Old In 1997 he made Touch (1997), based on an Elmore Leonard novel about a young man seemingly able to cure the sick by the laying on of hands.
1998 51 Years Old In 1998, Schrader won critical acclaim for the drama Affliction. … Read More
1999 52 Years Old In 1999, Schrader received the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America.
2002 55 Years Old In 2002, he directed the acclaimed biopic Auto Focus, based on the life and murder of Hogan's Heroes actor Bob Crane.
2003 56 Years Old In 2003, Schrader made entertainment headlines after being fired from The Exorcist: Dominion, a prequel film to the horror classic The Exorcist from 1973. … Read More
2005 58 Years Old Schrader's version of the film eventually premiered at the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film on March 18, 2005 as Exorcist: The Original Prequel. … Read More


2007 60 Years Old Schrader headed the International Jury of the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival, and in 2011 became a jury member for the ongoing Filmaka short film contest.
2009 62 Years Old On July 2, 2009, Schrader was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement in Screenwriting award at the ScreenLit Festival in Nottingham, England. … Read More
2014 67 Years Old As of April, 2014, Schrader is in post-production on The Dying of the Light, an espionage thriller starring Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin and Irène Jacob.
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