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Paul Brickman (born April 23, 1949) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known for the film Risky Business, which he directed and wrote.

Paul Brickman
Born (1949-04-23) April 23, 1949 (age 69)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Filmmaker
Years active 1977–present


Early lifeEdit

Brickman was born in Chicago. His father, Morrie Brickman, created the comic strips "Small Society," "Pic-trix," "Crosscut," and "Blue Chips," as well as commercial work, including the brand character for Duncan Yoyos.


Brickman began his career penning offbeat films such as The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and Handle with Care.

In 1983, he made his directorial debut with Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise. The film was a major success, though Brickman felt disillusioned at having to compromise on the ending.[1]

In 1990, he cowrote and directed Men Don't Leave, an adaptation of the 1982 French film La Vie Continue.



  1. ^ Harris, Dana. "At 20, 'Risky' is still frisky". Variety. 

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