Biography

American film director and screenwriter David Owen Russell has been praised for the loose, comic energy that characterizes his work, and is notorious for his explosive confrontations with cast members. He has won 2 Independent Spirit Awards for writing and directing as well as the Audience Award at Sundance, and a Writers Guild of America Award.

Russell was awarded Best First Screenplay and Best First Feature from the Independent Spirit Awards for his first work, the independent dark comedy “Spanking the Monkey” (1994).  In addition, David’s first work also won him the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Most recently, The Fighter (2010) received seven Academy Award nominations which was Russell’s first work after a six-year hiatus.  

American film director and screenwriter David Owen Russell has been praised for the loose, comic energy that characterizes his work, and is notorious for his explosive confrontations with cast members. He has won 2 Independent Spirit Awards for writing and directing as well as the Audience Award at Sundance, and a Writers Guild of America Award.

Russell was awarded Best First Screenplay and Best First Feature from the Independent Spirit Awards for his first work, the independent dark comedy “Spanking the Monkey” (1994).  In addition, David’s first work also won him the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Most recently, The Fighter (2010) received seven Academy Award nominations which was Russell’s first work after a six-year hiatus.  

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 18

Birthday 1958-08-20

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Stephen Greene

Directing TV ShowsMovies

2016 Past ForwardDirector
2015 JoyDirector
2015 Accidental LoveDirector
2013 American HustleDirector
2012 Silver Linings PlaybookDirector
2010 The FighterDirector
2004 Soldiers PayDirector
2004 I Heart HuckabeesDirector
1999 Three KingsDirector
1996 Flirting with DisasterDirector
1994 Spanking the MonkeyDirector

Writing

Sammy's HillAdaptation
2016 Past ForwardWriter
2015 JoyStory
2015 JoyScreenplay
2013 American HustleWriter
2012 Silver Linings PlaybookScreenplay
2004 I Heart HuckabeesScreenplay
1999 Three KingsScreenplay
1996 Flirting with DisasterWriter
1994 Spanking the MonkeyWriter

Production

2015 JoyProducer
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost MovieExecutive Producer
2004 Soldiers PayProducer
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyExecutive Producer

Acting

2018 Hal as Himself
2007 Students of The Graduate as Interviewee
1998 Divine Trash as Himself

Camera

1983 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at the El MocamboCamera Operator

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