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Paul Brickman (April 23, 1949) is an American screenwriter and film director, born in Chicago. He is best known for the film Risky Business where he served as director and screenwriter. His father, Morrie Brickman, created the comic strips "Small Society," 'Pic-trix', 'Crosscut' and 'Blue Chips'. Paul was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. Even as a young child, he could observe his father's massive drawing studio in their home. Paul went to West Ridge Elementary School, Red Oak Middle School and Highland Park High School, all in Highland Park. He graduated from high school and then went to and graduated from Claremont McKenna College.
Even as a child, Paul showed great talent in all of the arts, including music, drawing, acting, directing, and writing screenplays and comedies. At school, he was always known as the comic of his class, already presenting comedic skits for his classes at the age of 10. He could also play piano, including a "mean" boogie-woogie, and his dad would join in playing bass with a self-made bucket, stick and string. Indeed, his house was full of joy, music, fun and laughter, which may have contributed to his pursuing his fields of movie and television film director, screenwriter and producer. Paul's off-the-cuff jokes as a child were hilarious.
Before transitioning to directing, Brickman began his career penning offbeat films such as The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and Jonathan Demme's Handle with Care. In 1983 he made his directorial debut with Risky Business starring Tom Cruise. In 1990 he wrote and directed Men Don't Leave starring Jessica Lange, an adaptation of the 1982 French film La Vie Continue.
Paul and his wife and two daughters now reside in California.
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