|Mandrake the Magician||Director||n/a||4|
|Five Minutes to Live (Remake)||2014||Director||n/a||4|
|Bless the Child||2000||Director||n/a||4|
|The Scorpion King||2002||Director||n/a||4|
|A Nightmare on Elm Street Part III: Dream Warriors||1987||Director||n/a||4|
|We Regret to Inform You||2014||Director||n/a||4|
|Back to School||1986||Producer||n/a||3|
|Girls Just Want to Have Fun||1985||Producer||n/a||3|
|The Mask||1994||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Black Cat Run||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Hell Night||1980||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Body Rock||1984||Associate Producer||n/a||1|
|The Seduction||1980||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Five Minutes to Live (Remake)||2014||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Bless the Child||2000||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|A Nightmare on Elm Street Part III: Dream Warriors||1987||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Back to School||1986||Production Manager||n/a||1|
|Raised in the Chicago, Illinois area|
|Breakthrough feature as director, "The Mask"; also served as executive producer|
|First executive producer credit, "Hell Night"|
|Directed first feature film, "A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors", also co-wrote the screenplay (with Wes Craven and Bruce Wagner)|
|Worked for a time as an assistant director at American International Pictures (dates approximate)|
|Worked as an assistant director and a line producer for low-budget production companies including Sunn Classics and Roger Corman's New World Pictures|
|Made the thriller "Bless the Child", featuring Kim Basinger|
|First screenplay credit, "Dreamscape" (written with David Loughery and director Joseph Ruben); also served as an associate producer|
|Directed "The Scorpion King", based on a character featured in 2001's "The Mummy Returns"|
|Doubled as producer and production manager on the popular comedy, "Back to School"|
|First producing credit, "The Hearse"|
|Helmed and executive produced the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "Eraser"|
|Riley Russell||Daughter||born on March 19, 2000|
|Logan Russell||Son||born on October 18, 1998|
|University of Illinois|
|"I purposely do not deal with how the effects will be done--I deal with what would be exciting to have happen in the story. You end up with effects that are more organic with the story when you don't worry about how to do them, because you are forced to come up with new creative solutions." --Russell quoted in Film Threat, October 1994.|
|Not to be confused with Charles Russell (also known as Charles W Russell), a character actor in Hollywood features of the 1940s, TV producer Charles Russell, whose credits include such series as "Crime Photographer" (1951-52), "You Are There" (1953-57), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955-65), "The Untouchables" (1959-63), "The Naked City" (1960-63), and "Judd, for the Defense" (1967-69), or NBC sound technician Chuck Russell, busy on Maria Shriver and Jane Pauley interview specials since the late 80s.|
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