Chuck Russell

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
From a job sweeping soundstages, Charles 'Chuck' Russell worked his way up to line producer and assistant director on low-budget items for Sunn Classics and for producer Roger Corman (as on "Death Race 2000," 1975). He ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1953 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (11)

Five Minutes to Live (Remake) 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

We Regret to Inform You 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Fringe 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Scorpion King 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Bless the Child 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Eraser 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mask 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Blob 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Mandrake the Magician (Movie)

(Director)

Prodigy (TV Show)

Director
Producer (11)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Eraser 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Mask 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Body Rock 1984 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Dreamscape 1984 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Hell Night 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Seduction 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hearse 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Cat Run (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (5)

Five Minutes to Live (Remake) 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bless the Child 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Blob 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dreamscape 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Production Management (3)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

G.O.R.P. 1979 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Joyride 1977 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Other (1)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

From a job sweeping soundstages, Charles 'Chuck' Russell worked his way up to line producer and assistant director on low-budget items for Sunn Classics and for producer Roger Corman (as on "Death Race 2000," 1975). He copped his first producing credit on the modestly made and rather routine horror flick "The Hearse" (1980) and moved to executive status for the similarly derivative "Hell Night" (1981) and "The Seduction" (1982). Russell's first produced screenplay, "Dreamscape" (1984), showed considerably more imagination, with Dennis Quaid discovering he has the ability to enter other people's dreams. For several years Russell continued making ordinary teen-oriented fare, reteaming with Corman for "Body Rock" (1984). His most notable film during this period was the popular and enjoyable Rodney Dangerfield comedy, "Back to School" (1986).

Relationships

Patti Russell

Wife

Riley Russell

Daughter
born on March 19, 2000

Logan Russell

Son
born on October 18, 1998

EDUCATION

University of Illinois

Urbana , Illinois

Milestones

2002

Directed "The Scorpion King", based on a character featured in 2001's "The Mummy Returns"

2000

Made the thriller "Bless the Child", featuring Kim Basinger

1996

Helmed and executive produced the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "Eraser"

1994

Breakthrough feature as director, "The Mask"; also served as executive producer

1987

Directed first feature film, "A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors", also co-wrote the screenplay (with Wes Craven and Bruce Wagner)

1986

Doubled as producer and production manager on the popular comedy, "Back to School"

1984

First screenplay credit, "Dreamscape" (written with David Loughery and director Joseph Ruben); also served as an associate producer

1981

First executive producer credit, "Hell Night"

1980

First producing credit, "The Hearse"

Worked for a time as an assistant director at American International Pictures (dates approximate)

Raised in the Chicago, Illinois area

Worked as an assistant director and a line producer for low-budget production companies including Sunn Classics and Roger Corman's New World Pictures

Bonus Trivia

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"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.

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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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