Adam Rifkin

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Adam Rifkin
Born (1966-12-31) December 31, 1966 (age 48)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer

Adam Rifkin (born December 31, 1966 in Chicago), sometimes credited as Rif Coogan, is an American film director, producer, actor and writer.[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 Giuseppe Makes a Movie, a 2014 documentary about the micro-budget films of actor/director Giuseppe Andrews.[3] He is set to complete work on his next feature film Director's Cut in 2015.


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 relatively limited 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
1989 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)
1990 Disturbed Actor
1991 The Dark Backward Writer, director, actor (all as Rif Coogan)
1991 Bikini Island Actor
1992 Last Dance Actor (as Rif Coogan)
1992 The Nutt House (a.k.a. The Nutty Nut) Director
1993 The Flesh Merchant Actor
1993 Bikini Squad Actor
1993 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
1998 Small Soldiers Writer
1998 Susan's Plan (a.k.a. Dying to Get Rich) Actor
1998 Welcome to Hollywood Writer, director, actor
1999 Touch Me in the Morning Producer
1999 Detroit Rock City Director, actor (both as Rif Coogan)
1999 Miscellaneous Shit: Behind the Scenes of Detroit Rock City Actor
2001 Without Charlie Writer, director, actor
2001 Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (a.k.a. The Legend of Ron Jeremy) Actor
2001 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
2007 Garbanzo Gas Producer
2007 Look Writer, director
2007 Underdog Writer
2007 Blump's Squeezable Documentary Producer, actor
2008 Entertainment Tonight: Episode dated July 11, 2008 Actor
2008 Spread TV: Episode #4.2 Actor
2008 Starz Inside: In the Gutter (TV Episode) Actor
2008 Trailers From Hell Actor
2008 Fairy Tail Police Actor
2009 Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema (TV) Actor
2010 Advice for New Screenwriters Actor
2010 Knucklehead Writer
2010 Look: The Series Writer, director (2010), executive producer
2011 Chillerama Actor, executive producer
2012 Reality Show Actor, writer, director
2014 Giuseppe Makes a Movie Director
2015 Director's Cut Director


  1. ^ "Detroit Rock City + Christmas on Mars" (Podcast). April 15, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Hugh Hart (December 13, 2007). "Sneaky Sex, Spooky Scenes: Look Flick Eyes Voyeuristic Surveillance". Wired. 
  3. ^ Rapold, Nicolas (January 14, 2014). "Focusing on the Margins of Society". NYTimes. 

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