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William Richert

Highest Rated: 89% Winter Kills (1979)

Lowest Rated: 29% A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Florida, USA

Iconoclastic writer-director-producer-actor William Richert became known as an uncompromising Hollywood outsider, who despite daunting odds, managed to helm a small number of uniquely personal films. After receiving his start in television and theater, Richert launched his career with the documentaries "Derby" (1971) and "First Position" (1972). His second effort as a feature film director, the conspiracy thriller "Winter Kills" (1979), became more notorious for its road to completion than for its modest legacy as an overlooked cult classic. He went on to direct the late River Phoenix in the 1960s coming-of-age drama "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" (1988), which was based on a novel Richert had written at the age of 19. Much of Richert's late-career credits were as an actor, such as his reteaming with Phoenix onscreen for Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho" (1991). Other projects included mounting a low-budget version of "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998), for which he served as writer, director and supporting player. In retrospect, the paucity of commercially successful works over the course of Richert's 30-plus year career belied a man firmly committed to his craft and the art of filmmaking, albeit on his own terms.

Highest rated movies

My Own Private Idaho



67% 79% Manic Diego (Character) $70.2K 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet ATF Patrick McKennan (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Random Factor Alex O'Keefe (Character) - 1995
80% 80% My Own Private Idaho Bob Pigeon (Character) $6.4M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aren't You Even Going to Kiss Me Goodbye? Director,
- 1988
29% 40% A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Director $6.0M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The American Success Company Director,
- 1979
89% 55% Winter Kills Director,
- 1979
No Score Yet 40% Law and Disorder Screenwriter,
- 1974


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marshal Unknown (Guest Star) 1995