Michael Tolkin was born on October 17, 1950 to television writer Mel Tolkin and entertainment lawyer Edith Tolkin. He graduated
from Middlebury College in 1974 and works as a screenwriter and novelist. His credits include the novel and subsequent screenplay
adaptation of The Player, which was a critical hit when it was released in 1992 and earned Tolkin a WGA Award, a BAFTA, and
an Oscar nomination among others. Tolkin also wrote and directed the films The New Age and The Rapture as well as working
steadily for decades (credited and uncredited) on numerous features and TV projects. He created the TV miniseries Escape at
Dannemora, which earned him three Emmy nominations, and The Offer, about the making of the film the Godfather. He married
Wendy Mogel in 1978 and they have two daughters.