Rick Friedberg
Occupation(s)Film director, producer, writer
Known forSpy Hard
ChildrenJason, Alix, Nicholas

Rick Friedberg (born March 11, 1944) is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer, best known for his work with Leslie Nielsen. He is also the author of Hollywood War Stories, How to Survive in the Trenches, a memoir/advice guide on the film industry.[1]


Friedberg made his feature film debut in 1980 with the comedy Pray TV starring Dabney Coleman, followed by 1983's Off the Wall.[2] He would direct television episodes for The Twilight Zone, New Monkees and CityKids. When Friedberg made the comic instruction video Bad Golf Made Easier with Leslie Nielsen, he showed his son Jason Friedberg's script to him, which was parodying James Bond movies and other action films. Nielsen approved, and this led to 1996's Spy Hard.[3] The film eventually grossed $26 million against a production budget of $18 million.

Through the 2000s and 2010s, Friedberg served as second unit director on series like CSI: Miami and Scorpion, as well as director/field producer on The Real Housewives of Orange County.[4]



  1. ^ Friedberg, Rick; Chudnow, Dick (19 September 2014). Hollywood War Stories: How to Survive in the Trenches. ISBN 978-1500991616.
  2. ^ "Rick Friedberg - Rotten Tomatoes". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  3. ^ "Surely They Can't Be Serious? «". grantland.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  4. ^ "Rick Friedberg - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05.

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