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Michael L. Tolkin (born October 17, 1950) is an Americanmarker filmmaker and novelist. He has written numerous screenplays, including The Player (1992), which he adapted from his 1988 book by the same name, and for which he received the 1993 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. A follow-up book, Return of the Player, was published in 2006.

Tolkin was born in New York City, New Yorkmarker, the son of Edith (née Leibovitch), a studio executive and film industry lawyer, and the late comedy writer Mel Tolkin. Tolkin lives in Los Angelesmarker with his wife Wendy Mogel (parenting expert and author of bestseller The Blessing of a Skinned Knee) and their two daughters, Susanna and Emma.


Selected books

  • The Player (1988)
  • The Return of the Player (2006)


  1. Tolkin, Michael, "The Player", 1st ed., New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1988. ISBN 0871132281
  2. Tolkin, Michael, The Return of the Player, 1st ed., New York : Grove Press, 2006. ISBN 0802118011

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