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Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18. Although he more than made ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 40 wins & 75 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Affliction Writer
Taxi Driver Writer


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  American Gigolo (TV Series) (based on the characters created by - 5 episodes, 2022) (based on characters created by - 2 episodes, 2022) (Based on Characters Created by - 1 episode, 2022)
- East of Eden (2022) ... (based on the characters created by)
- Atomic (2022) ... (based on the characters created by)
- Sunday Girl (2022) ... (based on the characters created by)
- The Escape Wheel (2022) ... (Based on Characters Created by)
- Nothing Is Real But the Girl (2022) ... (based on the characters created by)
 2022 There Are No Saints (screenplay)
 2021 The Card Counter (written by)
 2017/II Dark
 2017 First Reformed (written by)
 2014 Dying of the Light (screenplay)
 2007 The Walker (written by)
 1999 Bringing Out the Dead (screenplay)
 1999 Forever Mine (written by)
 1997 Affliction (screenplay)
 1997 Touch (screenplay)
 1996 City Hall (written by)
 1992 Light Sleeper (written by)
 1988 The Last Temptation of Christ (screenplay)
 1987 Light of Day (written by)
 1986 The Mosquito Coast (screenplay)
 1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (written by)
 1982 Cat People (uncredited)
 1980 Raging Bull (screenplay)
 1980 American Gigolo (written by)
 1979 Old Boyfriends (written by)
 1979 Hardcore (written by)
 1978 Blue Collar (written by)
 1977 Rolling Thunder (from an original story by) / (screenplay by)
 1976 Obsession (screenplay by) / (story by)
 1976 Taxi Driver (written by)
 1974 The Yakuza (screenplay)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer". Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0306803356

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 9 Interviews | 8 Articles | See more »

Official Sites:

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5' 8" (1.73 m)


Mary Beth Hurt  (2 children) | See more »


Molly Johanna Schrader | See more »


Charles A. Schrader | Joan Fisher


Leonard Schrader (sibling)

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Personal Quote:

We believed in a very real hell and very real evil. My mother took my hand once and stabbed me with a needle. She said, "You know how that felt, when the needle hit your thumb? Well, hell is like that... all the time!". See more »


Directed two Academy Award nominated performances: James Coburn and Nick Nolte, who both starred in Affliction (1997). Coburn won the Academy Award for 'Best Supporting Actor'. See more »


Frequently casts Willem Dafoe in his films. See more »

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