Donald Richie

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Donald Richie
Donald Richie in February 2009
Donald Steiner Richie

(1924-04-17)April 17, 1924
DiedFebruary 19, 2013(2013-02-19) (aged 88)
Cause of deathNatural causes
Alma materColumbia University
Occupation(s)Author, journalist, film critic

Donald Steiner Richie (April 17, 1924 – February 19, 2013) was an American writer, director, historian, journalist, and movie critic. He only wrote his books or reviewed his movies in Japan. He directed his first movie when he was 17.

Personal life[change | change source]

Richie was born on April 17, 1924 in Lima, Ohio. He studied at Columbia University. Richie was openly bisexual.[1] He could speak Japanese, but could not write in it.[2] Richie died on February 19, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan from natural causes, aged 88.[3]

Honors[change | change source]

  • Kawakita Award first recipient in 1983
  • Japan Foundation: Japan Foundation Award, 1995.[4]
  • John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award (Asian Cultural Council) in 1993[5]
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA: Special Award (1971)[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Fackler, Martin (2013-02-19). "Donald Richie, American Expert on Japan, Is Dead at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  2. "Life in Japanese Film: Donald Richie". Archived from the original on 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  3. Matt Schudel (2013-02-20). "Obituary; Donald Richie, American writer on Japan, dies at 88". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  4. Japan Foundation Award, 1995.
  5. Judy Mitoma Receives 2003 Rockefeller 3rd Award Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine accessed on February 10, 2008
  6. Donald Richie - Awards

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