Richard Rush

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Cult 1960s exploitation filmmaker and counterculture chronicler who enjoyed a mainstream critical success as the producer, writer, and director of "The Stunt Man" (1980), a giddily reflexive saga about how movies blur ... Read more »
Born: 04/15/1929 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (10)

Color of Night 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Stunt Man 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Freebie and the Bean 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Getting Straight 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Psych-Out 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Savage Seven 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Hell's Angels on Wheels 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Thunder Alley 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Too Soon to Love 1960 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

Air America 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Freebie and the Bean 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Story By

The Stunt Man 1979 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Too Soon to Love 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Too Soon to Love 1960 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (5)

The Stunt Man 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Freebie and the Bean 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Getting Straight 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Too Soon to Love 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)
Executive (1)

Scenes From the Goldmine 1986 (Movie)

(Production Executive)
Other (1)

Murder in the First 1995 (Movie)

project consultant (Consultant)

Biography

Cult 1960s exploitation filmmaker and counterculture chronicler who enjoyed a mainstream critical success as the producer, writer, and director of "The Stunt Man" (1980), a giddily reflexive saga about how movies blur the distinction between illusion and reality. Starring a perfectly cast Peter O'Toole at the peak of his powers playing a perversely god-like director, the film earned three Oscar nominations including Best Screenplay and Best Direction and won its star a National Film Critics Circle Award. Despite this triumph, Rush would not get to direct again for 14 years.

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1994

Returned to feature directing after a 14-year hiatus with "Color of Night", a psychological thriller starring Bruce Willis

1994

Suffered heart attack; underwent bypass surgery

1990

Received co-screenwriting credit (with John Eskow) on Roger Spottiswoode's Vietnam-set political comedy, "Air America" after being fired as director (and initially replaced by Bob Rafelson)

1980

Produced, wrote, and directed the acclaimed feature, "The Stunt Man"; last film as a director for 14 years; last screenwriting credit for ten years

1967

Directed the first of three low-budget exploitation films for American International Pictures (AIP), "Thunder Alley"

1967

First of six collaborations with acclaimed cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, "A Man Called Dagger"

1960

Feature debut, produced, directed, wrote the screenplay, and provided the story for "Too Soon to Love"; first of three collaborations with actor Jack Nicholson

Filmed the documentary "The Sinister Saga of the Making of 'The Stuntman'", screened in 2000

Began his directing career making TV commercials

Directed his first TV commerical in 20 years

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