Rowdy Herrington

Director, Screenwriter, Assistant director
Pittsburgh native who worked behind the scenes on TV, documentary, and feature projects before specializing in Hollywood action filmmaking. Herrington entered the big-budget action arena as the director and ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (10)

The Stick Up 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

I Witness 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

A Murder of Crows 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

A Murder of Crows 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Striking Distance 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Gladiator 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Korman's Kalamity 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Road House 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Jack's Back 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

The Stick Up 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)

Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Murder of Crows 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Striking Distance 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jack's Back 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Engineering, Electrical, & Grips (2)

Nightflyers 1987 (Movie)

(Gaffer)

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

(Gaffer)
Production Management (1)

Growing Pains (TV Show)

Stage Manager

Biography

Pittsburgh native who worked behind the scenes on TV, documentary, and feature projects before specializing in Hollywood action filmmaking. Herrington entered the big-budget action arena as the director and co-screenwriter of "Striking Distance" (1993), a Bruce Willis cop vehicle set in the streets and rivers of the filmmaker's beloved hometown.

After majoring in TV production at Penn State, Herrington worked at the local Pittsburgh public TV station in a variety of production capacities before moving on to stage managing numerous TV series including "Alice" and "Entertainment Tonight". After 14 years working as a gaffer on in film and TV, Opportunity knocked when fellow techie and future collaborator Tim Moore brought Herrington's script for "Jack's Back", an updated Jack the Ripper tale, to Elliot Kastner's Cinema Group, which purchased it and allowed Herrington to direct. He followed up with directing assignments on "Road House" (1989), a fun actioner detailing the rough and tumble life of an erudite bar bouncer, starring Patrick Swayze and Kelly Lynch and "Gladiator" (1992), an inner city teen boxing film with James Marshall, Cuba Gooding Jr and Brian Dennehy.

EDUCATION

Pennsylvania State University

University Park , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2004

Wrote and directed the story of golf legend Bobby Jones, starring James Caviezel, Claire Forlani and Jeremy Northam

1993

Wrote and directed "Striking Distance," which starred Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker

1992

Directed James Marshall and Cuba Gooding Jr. in "Gladiator," a story of two teenagers trapped in the world of illegal underground boxing

1989

Directed Patrick Swayze in "Road House"

1988

Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "Jack's Back", a thriller starring James Spader

Stage managed various TV shows, including "Alice" and "Entertainment Tonight"

After graduating from college, worked for two years at WQED-TV, the Pittsburgh PBS station

Worked for 14 years as a gaffer (chief lighting technician/electrician) on TV, documentary, and feature film projects

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