Richard Whitley

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Richard Whitley
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Lyricist
  • Actor
Years active1978–present
Notable work
Rock 'n' Roll High School

Richard Whitley is an American screenwriter, producer, lyricist, and actor best known for his work on Rock 'n' Roll High School.[1][2]


Richard Whitley was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, to Marian and Edward F. Whitley.[3][4] He had a younger half-brother, John Hill, who was a game designer.[5] Whitley began his career by writing the script for Roger Corman's Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979).[6] His work on Rock 'n' Roll High School led to writing for several TV shows, including Delta House, Homefront, TV Nation, Space: Above and Beyond, Roseanne, Millennium, Recess, Roswell, The Others, Lloyd in Space, Canterbury's Law, and Pound Puppies.[7] On July 31, 2008, it was announced that actor/writer Alex Winter had been hired to script a remake of Rock 'n' Roll High School for Howard Stern's production company.[8][9][10]



Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Producer Actor
1978 Deathsport No No Yes Role: Mutant[11]
1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School Yes No No [11][12]
1982 Pandemonium Yes Associate Yes Role: Man #3 in Restaurant[7]
1991 Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever Yes No No Based on characters created by[7]
2004 Straight into Darkness No No No Special thanks[13]
2006 America: Freedom to Fascism No Yes No [7][14]


Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Lyricist
1979 Delta House Yes No Episode: "The Guns of October"[7]
1992–1993 Homefront Yes Yes Episodes: "The Lemo Tomato Juice Hour", "Signed, Crazy in Love", "On the Rebound"[7][15]
1994 TV Nation Yes No Also producer[7]
1996 Space: Above and Beyond Yes No Episodes: "Dear Earth", "Pearly"[7]
1997 Roseanne Yes No Episodes: "Lanford's Elite", "Roseanne-Feld"[7]
1998 Millennium Yes No Episode: "Goodbye Charlie"[7][16][17]
1999 Recess Yes No Episodes: "The First Picture Show", "Gus' Fortune", "The Dude"[7]
2000 Roswell Yes No Episode: "Tess, Lies and Videotape"[7]
The Others Yes No Episode: "$4.95 a Minute"[7][18]
2001–2002 Lloyd in Space Yes No Episodes: "Lloyd Changes His Mind", "Francine's Power Trip", "Lloyd's Lost Weekend", "Neither Boy Nor Girl"[7]
2008 Canterbury's Law Yes No Episode: "Sick as Your Secrets"[7]
2012 Pound Puppies Yes Yes Episode: "No Dogs Allowed"[7]


  1. ^ Sherman, Craig (July 2001). "Take Three: classic Corman film, examined". ArtsEditor. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
  2. ^ "Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)". Pop Matters.
  3. ^ "In Memoriam John Hill 1945-2015". Armchair General.
  4. ^ "American Heart Association honor page for John Hill". American Heart.
  5. ^ MacGowan, Rodger. "F&M Interview: John Hill All American" (PDF). Fire & Movement. Decision Games.
  6. ^ Tawney, Raj (August 5, 2019). "'Rock 'n' Roll High' at 40: How the Ramones and a Rebellious Female Lead Invaded Theaters". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile - Richard Whitley". USC Cinema. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Drees, Rich (July 31, 2008). "Stern Picks Writer For 'Rock 'n' Roll High School' Redo". FilmBuffOnline. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Fleming Jr., Michael (July 30, 2008). "Stern sets 'Rock 'n' Roll' remake". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Sciretta, Peter (July 30, 2008). "Alex Winter to Write Howard Stern's 'Rock 'n' Roll High School' Remake". /Film. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Cowan, Jared (August 2, 2019). "40 Years Ago, the Ramones Roamed L.A. in "Rock 'n' Roll High School"". Los Angeles Magazine. Hour Media Group LLC. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Classic Photo: The Ramones on the set of "Rock 'n' Roll High School" 1978". SonicMoreMusic. January 5, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "Straight Into Darkness (2003) - Jeff Burr". AllMovie. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "Richard Whitley Film Credits". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  15. ^ "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "I Had Three Wives"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  16. ^ McLean, James; Foreman, Troy (2011). ""Goodbye Charlie" Richard Whitley speaks to Millennium Group Sessions!". Back to Frank Black. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  17. ^ "NBC returns to head of the pack". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications. January 14, 1998. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  18. ^ From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Others : no."]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved October 2, 2017.

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