Art Linson

Artist Linson (born 1942) is an American film producer, director and screenwriter.[1]

Art Linson
Born1942 (age 78–79)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
OccupationFilm producer, screenwriter, film director
Spouse(s)Fiona Lewis

Life and careerEdit

Linson was born in Chicago, Illinois. He did his undergraduate work at the University of California-Berkeley and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles law school.

Art Linson's has produced a hit movie every decade since the seventies. Into the Wild, Fight Club, The Untouchables, Heat, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Scrooged, to unusual classics such as American Hot Wax, Melvin and Howard, The Edge, and This Boy's Life. Linson's producer/director collaborations include Brian De Palma, David Mamet and Cameron Crowe.

His directorial debut was the 1980 comedy, Where the Buffalo Roam, which was loosely based on stories by Hunter S. Thompson and starred Bill Murray as the writer.

His writing credits include two books, What Just Happened? Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line, which was adapted into a film from his original screenplay What Just Happened and starred Robert De Niro, and A Pound of Flesh: Perilous Tales of How to Produce Movies in Hollywood.

He is married to British actress Fiona Lewis.

Art was an executive producer on the FX television series Sons of Anarchy. The series's third season attracted an average of 4.9 million weekly viewers, making it FX's highest rated series at the time, surpassing its other hits The Shield, Nip/Tuck, and Rescue Me. The season 4 and 5 premieres were the two highest-rated telecasts in FX's history.[2] Art is currently an executive producer on the television series Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner. Yellowstone premiered on June 20, 2018 on the Paramount Network.The first season of Yellowstone averaged 5.1 million total viewers per episode, making it 2018's most-watched new cable series and ranking second across all cable TV series for the year. In June 2019, Paramount Network renewed the series for a third season.

In 2016, Art produced and penned the movie The Comedian directed by Taylor Hackford. The film starred Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann. Also in 2016 Art produced The Outsider, a crime drama film directed by Martin Zandvliet and written by Andrew Baldwin. The film stars Oscar winner Jared Leto and Tadanobu Asano.[3]


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes Ref.
1975 Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins
1976 Car Wash
1978 American Hot Wax
1980 Where the Buffalo Roam
Melvin and Howard
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1984 The Wild Life
1987 The Untouchables
1988 Scrooged
1989 Casualties of War
We're No Angels
1990 Dick Tracy Executive producer
Arrive Alive
1992 Singles Executive producer
1993 Point of No Return
This Boy's Life
1995 Heat
1997 The Edge
1998 Great Expectations
1999 Pushing Tin
Fight Club
2000 Sunset Strip
2001 Heist
2004 Spartan
Imaginary Heroes
2005 Lords of Dogtown Executive producer
2006 The Black Dahlia
2007 Into the Wild
2008 What Just Happened
2010 The Runaways
2016 The Comedian
2018 The Outsider
As writer
Year Film
1978 American Hot Wax
2008 What Just Happened
2016 The Comedian
As director
Year Film
1980 Where the Buffalo Roam
1984 The Wild Life
Year Film Role
1995 The Crossing Guard Special thanks


Year Film Credit Notes
2012 Outlaw Country Executive producer Television film
2008−14 Sons of Anarchy Executive producer
2014 The Money Executive producer Television film
2018−19 Yellowstone Executive producer


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 12, 2012). "'Sons Of Anarchy' Season 5 Premiere Hits Series High, To Become FX's No. 1 Telecast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "Jared Leto To Star In Action Thriller 'The Outsider'". Deadline. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Variety

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