Richard Stuart Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for films that revolve mainly around suburban culture and the effects of the passage of time. His films include the comedies Slacker (1990) and Dazed and Confused (1993); the Before trilogy romance films, Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013); the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003); the animated films Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006); the coming-of-age drama Boyhood (2014); and the comedy film Everybody Wants Some!! (2016).
In 2015, Linklater was included on the annual Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Linklater is known to have a distinct style and method of filmmaking. Many of his films are noted for their loosely structured narrative; also, the Before trilogy and Boyhood feature the same actors filmed over an extended period of years.