David O. Russell

Director, Screenwriter, Political organizer
Bursting onto the filmmaking scene with an uncomfortable, but darkly comic examination of mother-son incest, David O. Russell quickly developed a reputation for being one of the most original and forward-looking ... Read more »
Born: 08/20/1958 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (13)

Accidental Love 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Joy 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Boston to Panama 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Fighter 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

I Heart Huckabees 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Flirting With Disaster 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Spanking the Monkey 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Hairway to the Stars 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Bingo Inferno 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (12)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 2016 (Movie)

(current draft) (Screenplay)

Joy 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Joy 2015 (Movie)

(Story By)

Members Only 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Creator

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Heart Huckabees 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Flirting With Disaster 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spanking the Monkey 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hairway to the Stars 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bingo Inferno 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (5)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I Heart Huckabees 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spanking the Monkey 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hairway to the Stars 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bingo Inferno 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

Orlean Dinner Guest (Actor)

Biography

Bursting onto the filmmaking scene with an uncomfortable, but darkly comic examination of mother-son incest, David O. Russell quickly developed a reputation for being one of the most original and forward-looking directors working in Hollywood. The splash he made with "Spanking the Monkey" (1994) opened the doors wide for Russell, who became one of those rare talents to gain studio backing for highly-personal and risky films that typically generated rave reviews, but little profit. After the toned-down sophomore effort, "Flirting with Disaster" (1996), he scored a large-scale success with "Three Kings" (1999), which thrust Russell into the top tier of working directors. But with success came a new breed of controversy, namely media stories about his erratic on-set behavior, resulting in verbal and physical clashes with cast and crew. Even footage of a verbal tirade against Lily Tomlin on the set of "I [Heart] Huckabees" (2004) managed to go viral on the Internet, confirming irrefutable proof that Russell could indeed be a tyrant on the set. Despite his behavior, Russell still maintained a reputation for bringing the most taboo subjects into a fresh and hilarious light, while earning considerable awards attention for "The Fighter" (2010) and "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012), making him one of Hollywood's more creatively risk-taking directors.

Relationships

Janet Grillo Executive Producer

Wife
Met at 1987 Sundance Film Festival Married 1992 Divorced 2007

Matthew Grillo Russell

Son
Born March 10, 1994; mother, Janet Grillo

Bernard Russell

Father
Worked in sales at Simon & Schuster

Maria Russell

Mother

EDUCATION

Amherst College

Amherst , Massachusetts 1981

Milestones

2012

Wrote and directed "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture ("The Fighter")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("The Fighter")

2010

Helmed biographical sports film "The Fighter," starring Mark Wahlberg as professional boxer Micky Ward

2004

Wrote and directed the off-beat comedy "I Heart Huckabees"

1999

Directed "Three Kings," starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Ice Cube

1996

Second feature film "Flirting With Disaster"

1994

Wrote and directed first feature film "Spanking the Monkey"

1990

Produced, wrote and, directed short film "Hairway to the Stars"

1987

Made second short film "Bingo Inferno"

1985

First short film, "Boston to Panama"

After graduating from Amherst, worked as a political organizer and literacy teacher

Worked as a bartender in NYC while writing screenplays

Bonus Trivia

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In 1999, news spread of Russell and George Clooney nearly having a fistfight on the set of "Three Kings." In a 2000 interview, Clooney described his confrontation with Russell after tensions on the set had been steadily increasing. According to Clooney, Russell was demeaning the crew verbally and physically.

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Russell also had conflicts with Lily Tomlin during the filming of "I Heart Huckabees" (2004), a video of which surfaced on sites such as YouTube. Tomlin responded to the leaked videos that she and Russell were "fine," saying, "I'd rather have someone human and available and raw and open. Don't give me someone cold, or cut off, or someone who considers themselves dignified."

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