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Paul Brickman (born April 23, 1949) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known for writing and directing Risky Business.

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, was a cartoonist who created the popular comic strip "The Small Society."[1]

He graduated from Claremont Men's College in Claremont, California.[2]


Brickman began his career by writing the screenplays for The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and Handle with Care, both of which were released in 1977.

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.[3]

In 1990, he cowrote and directed Men Don't Leave, a loose adaptation of the 1982 French film La Vie Continue.[4]

Brickman shared writing credit with Jon Avnet (the producer of Risky Business) on the 2001 NBC miniseries Uprising.[5]

His only other directing credit is a short film called Allison (2012).[6]





  1. ^ Heise, Kenan. "Morrie Brickman, Creator of 'Small Society' Cartoon". Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ "Claremont McKenna College". US News Best Colleges.
  3. ^ Harris, Dana. "At 20, 'Risky' is still frisky". Variety.
  4. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Beautiful Moments". Chicago Reader.
  5. ^ Weinraub, Bernard. "A Seldom-Seen Holocaust Image: The Resister". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Lange, Maggie. "Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia Launch Web Series and Shorts to Explore 'Female Characters'". IndieWire.

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