Richard Price

A novelist and screenwriter, Price is the man responsible for Clockers and The Color of Money. His most recent novel was 2008's Lush Life.

Price was born in the Bronx in 1949 and attended Bronx Science. He received his B.A. from Cornell and his MFA from Columbia. Price's novels garnered critical acclaim for his brutally realistic portrayals of cities in the 20th century. His second novel, Clockers, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1995 Spike Lee and Price co-wrote the screenplay for Clockers, which Lee then directed.

Price has written a number of screenplays, including The Color of Money, Life Lessons, and Shaft. He also conceptualized and wrote the 18-minute music video for Michael Jackson's "Bad," which was directed by Martin Scorcese. Most recently, and impressively depending on who you ask, Price penned five episodes of everyone's favorite show, The Wire. [Image via Getty]