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

Gender Male

Known Credits 16

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 Forward … Director
2015 Joy … Director
2015 Accidental Love … Director
2013 American Hustle … Director
2012 Silver Linings Playbook … Director
2010 The Fighter … Director
2004 Soldiers Pay … Director
2004 I Heart Huckabees … Director
1999 Three Kings … Director
1996 Flirting with Disaster … Director
1994 Spanking the Monkey … Director

Writing

2016 Past Forward … Writer
2015 Joy … Story
2015 Joy … Screenplay
2013 American Hustle … Writer
2012 Silver Linings Playbook … Screenplay
2004 I Heart Huckabees … Screenplay
1999 Three Kings … Screenplay
1996 Flirting with Disaster … Writer
1994 Spanking the Monkey … Writer
1900 Sammy's Hill … Adaptation

Production

2015 Joy … Producer
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie … Executive Producer
2004 Soldiers Pay … Producer
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy … Executive Producer

Camera

1983 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at the El Mocambo … Camera Operator

Acting

2017 Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story

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