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Richard Price

Richard Price adapted his highly acclaimed, best-selling novel Freedomland (1998).

One of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters, Price was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money, starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. He also wrote the Life Lessons segment of New York Stories for Scorsese. Price's additional screenwriting credits include the recent Shaft starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ransom starring Mel Gibson, both of which were produced by Scott Rudin. He also wrote the screenplays for Sea of Love, Clockers, Mad Dog and Glory, Night and the City and Kiss of Death.

Price grew up in the Bronx. He published his first novel, The Wanderers, in 1974, to critical and popular acclaim. Four other novels followed including Bloodbrothers and Clockers, which debuted in 1992 to rave reviews and earned a nomination for the National Book Critics Award. In 1999, he received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Price's most recent novel is the acclaimed Samaritan, which Entertainment Weekly named as the Best Book of 2003.

Price's fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. His piece on New York in the wake of 9/11 for The New York Times was included in Best American Essays of 2002. Price has taught fiction writing at Yale, New York University and Columbia University.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Richard Price Facts

OccupationWriter, Screenwriter
BirthdayOctober 12, 1949 (74)
BirthplaceBronx, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.