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Richard Whitley

Richard Whitley


Los Angeles, California

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November 2015
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About Richard

I began mu career co-writing the cult classic ROCK ‘n ROLL HIGH SCHOOL for drive-in movie legend Roger Corman. This lead to writing screenplays for Universal, Warner Bros., Tri-Star, United Artists, MGM, ABC Films, 20th Century Fox and FOX 2000, as well as scripts for producers Joel Silver and Stuart Cornfeld and directors Amy Heckerling and Joel Schumacher.

In television, I've written on the dramas, SPACE: ABOVE & BEYOND, MILLENNIUM, ROSWELL, THE OTHERS, CANTERBURY’s LAW, ABC’s Emmy nominated HOMEFRONT, the Emmy winning SYFY miniseries TAKEN, as well as writing pilots for CBS, Showtime and NBC/DREAMWORKS. I've written on ROSEANNE, ARLI$$, THE DAILY SHOW and was a writer/producer on Michael Moore’s Emmy nominated TV NATION. I've written articles for the WGA’s Written By, contributed to NATIONAL LAMPOON magazine and has written episodes of Disney’s highly acclaimed animated series’ RECESS and LLOYD IN SPACE and the Hub Channel’s POUND PUPPIES. I also spent one Christmas with the Ramones and is more than happy to talk about it.

I recently adapted a Don Robertson novel for director Dwight Little and am finishing up my first book, a survival guide for Hollywood writers. I also teach Advanced Screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.


  • Pound Puppies

    Pound Puppies (2012)
    Television by Joseph Purdy (Animation, Comedy and Family) Writer, Soundtrack A group of pound dogs make it their mission to place puppies with their perfect person and have lots of adventures along the way.

  • America: Freedom to Fascism

    America: Freedom to Fascism (2006)
    Film by Aaron Russo (Documentary) Producer A documentary that explores the connection between income tax collection and the erosion of civil liberties in America.

  • The Others

    The Others (2000)
    Television by Michael Ferris (Drama, Horror, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Writer College student Marian Kitt is terrified to discover that she has the power to see into the "other side." Word of Marian's vision spreads to Professor Miles Ballard, a student of paranormal and psychic phenomena. He introduces Marian to "the others," a group of individuals with the ability to vicariously experience the feelings, thoughts and experiences of others, and to help them understand paranormal phenomena. Famed medium Elmer Greentree is their spiritual leader and a mentor figure for Marian, whose potential to see "all of the light" is strong. With Marian now among them, they will help each other understand their abilities as they encounter otherworldly, often frightening, alternative dimensions. And all the while, a dark force looms over them. Written by Ronos

  • Roswell

    Roswell (2000)
    Television by Jason Katims (Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi and 1 More) Writer Living among the citizens of the infamous New Mexico city of Roswell are some who are not there by choice. They are there to follow a destiny given to them by the members of their dying race, a race that they are someday destined to save. This is the background behind the WB series "Roswell". Max Evans, Isabel Evans and Michael Guerin are teenage humans with extraordinary gifts - gifts that are "not-of-this-earth". They are human/alien hybrids, sent here to complete their destiny. Their counterparts have already perished in a war of attrition, thus one day, they will return to their home planet and save their race. Before a fateful day in 1999, the teens hid their gifts. The event that forever changed their lives was when Max healed Liz Parker (a classmate) after she was fatally shot in the stomach in a dispute between two customers at the restaurant where she waitresses. A close relationship then develops between Max and Liz. Central to the first season were the relationships between... Written by Ernest Kung <>

  • Recess

    Recess (1999)
    Television by Joe Ansolabehere (Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family and 1 More) Writer, Miscellaneous Crew Comic tales of a group of good friends, 4 boys and 2 girls, during breaks in primary school, as they grow up, relate to each other, and have brushes with authority. Written by Cynan Rees <>

  • Millennium

    Millennium (1998)
    Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery, Horror and 1 More) Writer A former FBI profiler moves his family from Washington DC to Seattle, where he joins the Millenium Group, a mysterious organization of former law enforcement officers, committed to battling a crime wave which grows as the turn of the millenium approaches. Written by Alexander Lum <>

  • Space: Above and Beyond

    Space: Above and Beyond (1996)
    Television by James Wong (Drama and Sci-Fi) Writer The Earth is embroiled in a desperate war against alien invaders, and this series focuses on one squadron of Marine pilots involved in it.

  • TV Nation

    TV Nation (1994)
    Television (Documentary, Comedy and News) Writer, Producer Summer show that poked fun at TV's news magazine shows like "60 Minutes." Some of the interviews consisted of happy dogs on Prozac, following an Avon Lady through the Amazon, etc. Written by J.E. McKillop <>

  • Homefront

    Homefront (1991)
    Television by Bernard Lechowick (Drama, History, Romance and War) Writer, Miscellaneous Crew, Music department World War II is over and the boys from the town of River Run, Ohio, are coming home. It seems that life is slowly back to normal, but war has changed everything and they will never be the same again.

  • Pandemonium

    Pandemonium (1982)
    Film by Alfred Sole (Comedy, Horror and Mystery) Writer, Producer, Actor Tom Smothers stars as the brave mountie, who along with his trusty horse and bitter deputy Paul Reubens must track down a killer who is stalking coeds at a nearby cheerleader camp. Written by Losman <>

  • Rock 'n' Roll High School

    Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
    Film by Joe Dante (Comedy and Music) Writer Vince Lombardi High School keeps losing principals to nervous breakdowns because of the students' love of rock 'n' roll and their disregard of education. The putative leader of the students is Riff Randell, who loves the music of the Ramones. A new principal, the rock-music-hating Miss Evelyn Togar, is brought in and promises to put an end to the music craze. When Miss Togar and a group of parents attempt to burn a pile of rock records, the students take over the high school, joined by the Ramones, who are made honorary students. When the police are summoned and demand that the students evacuate the building, they do so, which leads to an explosive finale. Written by Rick Gregory <>

  • Delta House

    Delta House (1979)
    Television (Comedy) Writer Follows the continuing misadventures of the most notorious fraternity house on campus. A sitcom version of the movie "National Lampoon's Animal House." Written by Afterburner <>

  • Deathsport

    Deathsport (1978)
    Film by Nicholas Niciphor (Action, Sci-Fi and Sport) Actor Futuristic Science Fiction about a sport to the death, using "destructocycles".

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