Adam Rifkin

Adam Rifkin

Born: December 31, 1966
Age: 56
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, US
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Adam Rifkin (born December 31, 1966), sometimes credited as Rif Coogan, is an American film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter.[1]

His career ranges from broad family comedies to dark and gritty urban dramas. Rifkin is best known in Hollywood circles for writing family-friendly comedies like MouseHunt and 2007's Underdog.[2]

Most recently, Rifkin directed 2017's The Last Movie Star.

Adam Rifkin was a 1984 graduate of The Chicago Academy for the Arts.



As a screenwriter, Rifkin has written several family-friendly movies. He wrote Knucklehead for WWE Studios, starring WWE star Big Show, Underdog for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Zoom, starring Tim Allen and two films for DreamWorks, MouseHunt and Small Soldiers. Continuing in the family film genre, he wrote the big screen version of He-Man for John Woo and 20th Century Fox. He also wrote the unused draft of Planet of the Apes in 1988.

Rifkin's film The Dark Backward was named one of the top ten films of its year by The New York Post.[citation needed] He was then the director responsible for New Line Cinema's Detroit Rock City.


Rifkin directed his first film Never on Tuesday in 1988. As of December 6, 2007, he has directed eleven others, including The Chase (1994), Detroit Rock City (1999) and the Night at the Golden Eagle (2002).


Rifkin began his production career in 1999 on the production of Touch Me in the Morning by Giuseppe Andrews. Preceding his completion of that project, Rifkin produced his own film Night at the Golden Eagle as well as Getting Hal by Tony Markes.


Rifkin began his acting career in 1988 his directorial debut Never on Tuesday. Rifkin has appeared in small roles and cameos in his other films, Night at the Golden Eagle, Without Charlie, Detroit Rock City, The Dark Backward, Denial and Psycho Cop 2. Rifkin also appeared as Croaker/Miss Spain in the 1989 film, Going Overboard, starring Adam Sandler and Burt Young.

He also wrote, directed and acted in the 2007 film Homo Erectus, in which he portrays a wimpy caveman called Ishbo, the main character in the film. The film's ensemble cast includes Ali Larter, David Carradine, Talia Shire, Gary Busey, and Ron Jeremy.[citation needed]


Year Film Role
1988 Never on Tuesday Writer, director, actor
1989 Going Overboard Co-producer
Tale of Two Sisters Director
1990 The Invisible Maniac (a.k.a. The Invisible Sex Maniac) Director and screenplay & story writer (all as Rif Coogan)
Disturbed Actor
1991 The Dark Backward Writer, director, actor (all as Rif Coogan)
Bikini Island Actor
1992 Last Dance Actor (as Rif Coogan)
The Nutt House (a.k.a. The Nutty Nut) Director
1993 The Flesh Merchant Actor
Bikini Squad Actor
Psycho Cop 2 Director (as Rif Coogan), actor
1994 The Chase Writer, director
1996 Bone Chillers Writer, creator/co-creator, director, co-executive producer
1997 MouseHunt Writer
1998 Denial Writer, actor
Small Soldiers Writer
Susan's Plan (a.k.a. Dying to Get Rich) Actor
1999 Touch Me in the Morning Producer
Detroit Rock City Director, actor (both as Rif Coogan)
Miscellaneous Shit: Behind the Scenes of Detroit Rock City Actor
2000 Welcome to Hollywood Writer, director, actor
2001 Without Charlie Writer, director, actor
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (a.k.a. The Legend of Ron Jeremy) Actor
Night at the Golden Eagle Writer, director, actor, producer
2003 Getting Hai Producer
2005 Grandpa Producer
2006 Zoom Writer
2007 Homo Erectus (a.k.a. National Lampoon's The Stoned Age) Writer, director, actor
Garbanzo Gas Producer
Look Writer, director
Underdog Writer
Blump's Squeezable Documentary Producer, actor
2008 Entertainment Tonight: Episode dated July 11, 2008 Actor
Spread TV: Episode #4.2 Actor
Starz Inside: In the Gutter (TV Episode) Actor
Trailers From Hell Actor
Fairy Tail Police Actor
2009 Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema (TV) Actor
2010 Advice for New Screenwriters Actor
Knucklehead Writer
Look: The Series Writer, director (2010), executive producer
2011 Chillerama Actor, executive producer
2012 Reality Show Actor, writer, director, executive producer
2014 Giuseppe Makes a Movie Director, producer
2015 Shooting the Warwicks Actor, director, producer, writer
Director's Cut Director, producer
2017 The Last Movie Star Writer, director, producer

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