Rick Parks

Lecturer, "The Working Hollywood Writer"

Rick was born and raised in an idyllic little town in Vermont. Son of songwriter C. Carson Parks (Somethin' Stupid, Cab Driver) and nephew to screen composer and maestro Van Dyke Parks, Rick circuitously landed in the literary world by way of a career as an actor/director in both classical and political theater. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, he has worked with Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Virginia and New Jersey Shakespeare festivals, and numerous Off-Broadway productions. In the 80's he co-founded an East-Village political theater group, PINK, performing with more talented friends in New York, Edinburgh and throughout Europe. In 1987 Rick began writing for film and television. His partnering, with then writer and young director Andy Tennant, began with half hour television and progressed to the feature world with the sale of CUPID to Robert De Niro'sTriBeCa Film Company. His first credited work was a co-writer with Andy Tennant on EVER AFTER starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. They currently have a script with 20th Century Fox titled THE RHYTHM METHOD. With his friend Trey Callaway (CSI-NY), Rick sold a script entitled WET (aka Full Throttle) to Outlaw Productions, and has co-written an un-makeable film called THE FARTISTE. Due to WGA restrictions, Rick's extensive unaccredited writings (with Tennant) include the Television Pilot for SLIDERS, the TNT movie KEEP THE CHANGE starring William Peterson and Jack Palance, IT TAKES TWO starring Kirsty Alley and The Olsen Twins, FOOLS RUSH IN starring Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek, and Jill Clayburgh, ANNA AND THE KING starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat, SWEET HOME ALABAMA starring Reese Witherspoon, HITCH starring Wil Smith and FOOL'S GOLD starring Matthew McConaghy and Kate Hudson. He just completed a feature script with Tennant for Universal Studios and Ms. Witherspoon called AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DATES, for which he and Tennant were flown around the world on "research." Rick is currently writing another spec with Tennant and pitching TV series concepts like a Pez dispenser.



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