Richard Price was born on October 12, 1949 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Clockers (1995), Ransom (1996) and Shaft (2000).
Graduated from the Cornell University College of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1971 with a BS degree. He received an M.F.A. from Columbia University, a Mirillees Fellowship in fiction at Stanford University and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
He said growing up in the Bronx, he doubted he would ever be able to write about his own neighborhood because nobody would be interested. What changed his mind was reading the novel "Last Exit To Brooklyn" by Hubert Selby Jr. That taught him he could write about anywhere. He published his first novel about where he grew up in 1974 called "The Wanderers".
Richard Price attended and was a mentor at the 2nd annual HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, MT in October 2005. HatcH is a film and arts festival whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration, and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators.
Personal Quotes (2)
I prefer to write novels because, well, I'm a novelist. I feel like an artist when I'm writing a novel, when I'm working on a screenplay I feel like a craftsman.
[re doing things with his grandmother growing up in the Bronx] I remember going to the movie theaters, to see triple-feature horror films with her. I was 9 or 10, and everyone else in the audience was from my age up to maybe 16. These were tough, hard-core street kids, my grandmother being the only person who was old enough to vote in the entire theater, and she would stand up and start shouting at the screen, 'Good for ya, ya bastid!' whenever Rodan, Gorgo , or the giant spider in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) would get torched or impaled or something.