Jay Russell

Director, Screenwriter
Best known for directing warm-hearted and family-friendly fare, filmmaker Jay Russell has demonstrated a knack for telling simple, straightforward tales with earnest emotional resonance.
Born: 01/10/1960 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Director (6)

One Christmas Eve 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Director

The Water Horse 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Ladder 49 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Tuck Everlasting 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

My Dog Skip 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

End of the Line 1987 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (5)

Boardwalk Empire 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bored to Death 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Unusuals 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Stand Off 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Water Horse 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Dog Skip 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Best known for directing warm-hearted and family-friendly fare, filmmaker Jay Russell has demonstrated a knack for telling simple, straightforward tales with earnest emotional resonance.

Relationships

Lee Cunningham Property Master

Wife
Married in 1991

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York, New York 1984
While at Columbia, won filmmaking grants from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science as well as the Louis B. Mayer Foundation, under the direction of co-chairmen Milos Forman and the late Frank Daniel

Memphis University

Memphis, Tennessee
Received a full music scholarship

Milestones

2007

Helmed the fantasy film, "Water Horse" about the fabled Loch Ness Monster

2004

Directed Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta in the drama about firefighters "Ladder 49"

2002

Helmed "Tuck Everlasting"; based on the children's book of the same name, about a young woman who meets and falls in love with a man who is part of a family of immortals

2000

Breakthrough feature, "My Dog Skip" (directed and produced); based on Willie Morris' best-selling memoir about his recollections of his first and favorite dog

1997

Directed "Highway 61, Revisited," and "Highway 93, The Killer Road"; hosted by Oscar nominated actor Graham Greene

1996

Wrote, produced and directed the five-hour miniseries "Great Drives" for PBS on famous highways of America

1988

Released the well recieved independent film "End of the Line" starring Mary Steenburgen and Kevin Bacon

1986

Invited by Redford to attend the Sundance Institute Film Workshop, to develop his project "End of the Line"

1979

Directed a series of commercials for the Arkansas Parks and Tourism division; boss was Governor Bill Clinton

Worked as a producer and director for the critically lauded Discovery Channel series, "Amazing America"

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