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Richard L. "Rick" Rosenthal, Jr. (born June 15, 1949) is an American film instructor and director, best known for directing Bad Boys, the 1983 drama film that helped launch Sean Penn's career as well as episodes of many popular TV series (including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville). His filmography includes the horror sequels Halloween II and Halloween: Resurrection, the romantic comedy American Dreamer, and the 1987 drama film Russkies.
Richard L. Rosenthal, Jr.
June 15, 1949
|Occupation||Film director, film instructor, film historian, television director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Stephens (m. 1981)|
Rosenthal was born in New York City, the son of Hinda (née Gould) and entrepreneur Richard L. Rosenthal, Sr. He is a graduate of The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall), Harvard College 1971 cum laude and the AFI Conservatory.
Rosenthal helped launch Sean Penn's career when he cast the then-unknown actor in the title role of the 1983 film Bad Boys. Rosenthal worked on the Emmy-winning ABC series Life Goes On as well as such series as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Providence, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Smallville. He is a winner of the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award.
In recent years, Rosenthal has turned to the independent film world, continuing to direct ("Nearing Grace"), but also producing as well, giving opportunities to first time directors. The first production under the Whitewater Films banner was the Sundance Film Festival hit Mean Creek, winner of two Independent Spirit Awards as well as a Humanitas Prize. The film was invited to the Directors Fortnight at Cannes and launched the filmmaking career of writer-director Jacob Estes.
Rosenthal started his career by directing Halloween II and returned to the series 21 years later helming Halloween: Resurrection. In between he has directed films such as American Dreamer (1984), Russkies (1987), Distant Thunder (1988), Just a Little Harmless Sex (1998), and Nearing Grace (2005).
Rosenthal is a producer on the Amazon hit series Transparent and was nominated in 2015 for Directors Guild of Canada award.
He met his wife, actress Nancy Stephens, while filming Halloween II. They have worked together on some films including American Dreamer (1984), Russkies (1987), and Mean Creek (2004).
Select filmography as a directorEdit
- Halloween II (1981)
- Bad Boys (1983)
- American Dreamer (1984)
- Russkies (1987)
- Distant Thunder (1988)
- Just a Little Harmless Sex (1998)
- Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
- Nearing Grace (2005)
- Drones (2013)
- Darkroom (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
- Nasty Boys (1989, pilot)
- Yesterday Today (1992, unsold pilot)
- The Witches of Eastwick (1992, unsold pilot)
- The Birds II: Land's End (1994, television film)
- Early Edition (2 episodes, 1996–1997)
- The Practice (1 episode, 1997)
- Wasteland (1 episode, 1999)
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2 episodes, 1999–2000)
- Strong Medicine (1 episode, 2000)
- Providence (6 episodes, 2000–2001)
- The District (6 episodes, 2001–2003)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2 episodes, 2002)
- Crossing Jordan (1 episode, 2002)
- She Spies (1 episode, 2003)
- Smallville (7 episodes, 2003–2008)
- Tru Calling (2 episodes, 2004–2005)
- Point Pleasant (1 episode, 2005)
- Reunion (3 episodes, 2005–2006)
- Veronica Mars (1 episode, 2006)
- Flash Gordon (1 episode, 2007)
- The Dresden Files (1 episode, 2007)
- 90210 (1 episode, 2009)
- Being Erica (3 episodes, 2009–2010)
- Greek (1 episode, 2009)
- Mental (1 episode, 2009)
- Life on Mars (1 episode, 2009)
- Haven (1 episode, 2010)
- Drop Dead Diva (1 episode, 2010)
- Gigantic (2 episodes, 2010)
- Shattered (2 episodes, 2010)
- Beauty & the Beast (1 episode, 2013)