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Richard Warren Schickel (born February 10, 1933, Milwaukeemarker, Wisconsinmarker) is an author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. He is a film critic for Time magazine, having also written for Life magazine and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.

Schickel was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1964. He has also lectured at Yale Universitymarker and University of Southern Californiamarker's School of Film and Televisionmarker. In his role as Time's critic, Schickel has reviewed hundreds of films, including one of the earliest movies employing then cutting-edge computer graphics in Walt Disney studio's Tron in 1982.


  • The World of Carnegie Hallmarker (1960)
  • The Stars (1962)
  • Movies: The history of an art and an institution (1964)
  • The World of Goya, 1746–1828 (1968)
  • The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney (1968); revised editions: 1984, 1997
  • The Museum (1970)
  • Second Sight: Notes on Some Movies 1965–1970 (1972)
  • His Picture In The Papers: A Speculation on Celebrity in America Based on the Life of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (1974)
  • Harold Lloyd: The Shape of Laughter (1974)
  • The World of Tennis (1975)
  • Douglas Fairbanks: The First Celebrity (1976)
  • Another I, Another You: A Novel (1978)
  • Singled Out: A civilized guide to sex and sensibility for the suddenly single man—or woman (1981)
  • Cary Grant: A Celebration (1983)
  • D.W. Griffith: An American Life (1984); British Film Institute Book Prize, 1985
  • Common Fame: The Culture of Celebrity (1985) a.k.a. Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity; revised 2000
  • Lena by Lena Horne and Richard Schickel
  • James Cagney: A Celebration (1986)
  • Gary Cooper (1986) ISBN 0-316-77307-7
  • Striking Poses: Photographs from the Kobal Collection (1987)
  • Carnegie Hall: The First One Hundred Years by Richard Schickel and Michael Walsh (1987)
  • Schickel on Film: Encounters—Critical and Personal—With Movie Immortals (1989)
  • Brando: A Life in Our Times (1991)
  • Double Indemnity (BFI Film Classics) (1992)
  • Clint Eastwood: A Biography (1996)
  • Hollywood at Home: A Family Album 1950–1965 (1998)
  • Matinee Idylls: Reflections on the Movies (1999)
  • Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip: Movies, Memory and World War II (2003)
  • Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2004)
  • Elia Kazan: A Biography (2005)
  • Bogie: A Celebration of the Life and Films of Humphrey Bogart (2006) ISBN 0-312-36629-9
  • The Essential Chaplin: Perspectives on the Life and Art of the Great Comedian (2006) (editor)


  • The Men Who Made the Movies (1973), eight-part series, PBS, Emmy nominated
  • Life Goes to the Movies (1976), NBC, Emmy nominated
  • Funny Business (1977), CBS
  • The Horror Show (1978), CBS
  • Into the Morning: Willa Cather's America (1978), PBS
  • SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), ABC
  • James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy (1982), PBS
  • From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (1983), PBS
  • Minnelli on Minnelli (1987), PBS, Emmy nominated
  • Cary Grant: A Celebration (1988), ABC
  • Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend (1989), TNT
  • Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To (1990), TNT
  • Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991), TNT
  • Eastwood & Co: Making Unforgiven (1992), ABC
  • Hollywood on Hollywood (1993), AMC
  • Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey (1994), AMC, Emmy nominated
  • You Must Remember This: The Warner Brothers Story (2008), three-part series, PBS


  1. TIME magazine, July 5, 1982

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