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15 December 1934|
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
27 December 2011 (aged 77)|
Massachusetts, United States
|Occupation||Actor, Film director, screenwriter, Film producer|
|Spouse(s)||Pamela Rooks (d. 1985)|
|Children||1 (Ryan Rooks)|
Conrad Rooks (December 15, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri – December 27, 2011 in Massachusetts) was an American writer, director and producer most well-known for his 1972 filmed adaptation of Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha.
By the time he was eighteen, Rooks became a troubled substance abuser (alcohol, cocaine, heroin, et al.). After years of addiction, he traveled to Europe seeking a new "sleeping cure" being offered by a medical doctor at a clinic in Zurich, Switzerland. According to Rooks, the cure was successful and he never abused substances again.
In 1966 Rooks wrote, directed and starred in his first film, Chappaqua, a semi-autobiographical exploration of the perils of drug addiction, the agony of withdrawal, and the author's journey to Europe and success with the aforementioned "sleeping cure." The film won second prize at the Venice Film Festival in competition against works from established directors François Truffaut and Roger Vadim.
He died on December 27, 2011 in Massachusetts.
He was married to Indian director and screenwriter Pamela Rooks and the couple had a son, Ryan Rooks, before they divorced in 1985.