Richard Chapman

​Senior Lecturer of Film and Media Studies
research interests:
  • Film production
  • Screenwriting
  • Television production
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contact info:

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1174
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899
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Richard Chapman is a veteran screenwriter and producer in film and television.

Senior Lecturer Richard Chapman is a veteran screenwriter and producer in film and television. He has created, produced and written over two hundred hours of network series, including such credits as SIMON & SIMON (CBS), THE NEW ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (NBC), DISNEY’S ABSENTMINDED PROFESSOR, and the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated HBO Original Movie, LIVE FROM BAGHDAD. His career in motion pictures features MY FELLOW AMERICANS and an adaptation of Christopher Buckley’s novel THANK YOU FOR SMOKING. Chapman has written over twenty motion picture screenplays for such stars as Mel Gibson, Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin and Bette Midler. He has also produced a feature length documentary, SHOOTING THE MESSENGERS, the behind the scenes story of media coverage of the Vietnam War. It is a comprehensive and controversial study of how journalists from all media (print, electronic, photojournalism) reported the entire war and is culled from over fifty hours of interviews with such icons as Walter Cronkite and the late David Halberstam.

Selected Publications

SIMON & SIMON (CBS)

THE NEW ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (NBC)

DISNEY’S ABSENTMINDED PROFESSOR

LIVE FROM BAGHDAD (HBO)

MY FELLOW AMERICANS

THANK YOU FOR SMOKING

SHOOTING THE MESSENGERS