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Richard Kelly (II)

James Richard Kelly better known as Richard Kelly, is an American film director and writer, known for writing and directing the cult classic Donnie Darko in 2001. Kelly was born James Richard Kelly in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Lane and Ennis Kelly. He grew up in Midlothian, Virginia, where he attended Midlothian High School and graduated ... See full bio »

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Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko Writer
Southland Tales
The Box
The Box Writer
Domino Writer


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 2009/I The Box (screenplay)
 2009 S. Darko (characters)
 2006 Southland Tales (written by)
 2005 Domino (screenplay) / (story)
 2001 Donnie Darko (written by)
 1997 Visceral Matter (written by)
 1996 The Goodbye Place (Short) (written by)
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Wrote "The Donnie Darko Book"

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I'm very confident on a movie set. I know what I'm doing. I feel like that's what I've been waiting my whole life to do. See more »


Currently producing 3 films ( Operation: Endgame (2010) - World's Greatest Dad (2009) - I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009) ) and finishing post-production on his third feature length film The Box (2009) See more »


Frequently casts Beth Grant, Holmes Osborne, and Lisa K. Wyatt



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