Paul Brickman (April 23, 1949) is an Americanscreenwriter and film director, born in Chicago. He is best known for the film Risky Business where he served as director and screenwriter. His father, Morrie Brickman, created the comic strips "Small Society," "Pic-trix," "Crosscut," and "Blue Chips," as well commercial work, including the brand character for Duncan Yoyos. Paul was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. Even as a young child, he could observe his father's massive drawing studio in their home. Paul went to West Ridge Elementary School, Red Oak Middle School and Highland Park High School, all in Highland Park. He graduated from high school and then went to and graduated from Claremont McKenna College.
Even as a child, Paul showed great talent in all of the arts, including music, drawing, acting, directing, and writing screenplays and comedies. At school, he was always known as the comic of his class, already presenting comedic skits for his classes at the age of 10. He could also play piano, including a "mean" boogie-woogie, and his dad would join in playing bass with a self-made bucket, stick and string. Indeed, his house was full of joy, music, fun and laughter, which may have contributed to his pursuing his fields of movie and television film director, screenwriter and producer. Paul's off-the-cuff jokes as a child were hilarious.