Leonard Schrader


30 Nov 1943


Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


He and his brother, Taxi Driver (1976) screenwriter Paul Schrader, were born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Their family, of the Dutch Calvinist religious sect, forbade them to see any movies in their youth. Paul was quoted as saying, "That was a church edict. What they called worldly amusements were prohibited."

It wasn't until he was in college in the 1960s that Schrader saw his first movie.

Living in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s, Schrader taught American literature to Japanese students.

His first film, The Yakuza (1974), was co-written with his brother Paul.

Producer ( 2 credits )

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) associate producer
The Killing of America (1981) producer

Writer ( 9 credits )

Naked Tango (1990) (written by)
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) (written by)
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
P. P. Rider (1983) (writer)
The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)
Tora-san's Dream of Spring (1979) (story) &
Old Boyfriends (1979) (written by)
Blue Collar (1978) (written by)
The Yakuza (1974)

Director ( 2 credits )

Naked Tango (1990)
The Killing of America (1981) (uncredited)