ART LINSON (Producer)
recently produced two films for release by Twentieth Century Fox.
Fight Club, is directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad
Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter in a provocative
and unsettling tale of a man named Tyler (Pitt) who sets up fight
clubs in which young men are paired off in bloody, no-holds-barred
bouts until one drops. Sunset Strip stars a talented young
cast in a story in which the lives of a group of people are forever
changed during one momentous 24-hour period on The Sunset Strip
in August, 1972.
Also for Fox, Linson produced Great Expectations, starring
Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow, and The Edge, which starred
Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin.
Linson's credits range from such unusual classics as Car Wash
and Melvin and Howard (winner of two Academy Awards, for Best
Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress) to commercials hits such
as The Untouchables, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Dick Tracy
and Scrooged to the critically acclaimed Casualties
of War, Singles, This Boy's Life, and Heat starring
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer.
Born in Chicago, Linson grew up in Hollywood at the Knickerbocker
Hotel, a name he fondly bestowed on his production company. He
went to the University of California at Berkeley in 1960, finished
his degree at UCLA and graduated from UCLA Law school in 1967,
but opted not to practice law. Instead Linson took a job working
for record producer Lou Adler. For a brief period in the 1970s,
Linson ran his own company, Spin Dizzy Records, recording and
managing such rock musicians as Spirit and Nils Lofgren.
In the 20 years since he produced his first motion picture, Art
Linson has distinguished himself in Hollywood by developing scripts
and stories that attract the highest caliber talent - resulting
in some of the most successful and admired motion pictures in
the last two decades.
Linson's pursuit of imaginative material led him to collaborate
with many of Hollywood's finest screenwriters, including David
Mamet, Bo Goldman, David Rabe, Cameron Crowe, Mitch Glazer, Michael
O'Donoghue and Robert Getchell. In addition, in 1993, Linson published
his first book, entitled A Pound of Flesh: Perilous Tales of
How to Produce Movies in Hollywood.
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