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David O. Russell

David O. Russell

David directed THE FIGHTER (2010), a film that earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Achievement in Directing (Russell) and Best Motion Picture of the Year. Two of THE FIGHTER's stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won Academy Awards for their performances. Russell's prior films include THREE KINGS (1999), starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, which earned Russell a nomination from the Writers Guild of America for Best Screenplay, in addition to appearing on over 100 critics' top ten lists and being awarded the Boston Film Critics Society Film of the Year and Director of the Year. Russell's comedies I HEART HUCKABEES (2004) and FLIRTING WITH DISASTER (1996) appeared on many top ten lists. The first film Russell wrote and directed, SPANKING THE MONKEY, won the 1994 Sundance Film Festival's Audience Award and won Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay at the 1994 Independent Spirit Awards.

In 2002, Russell joined the board of the Bronx's Ghetto Film School, then a brand-new, all-volunteer local summer project with a very small budget and no presence within the film industry. Russell changed all that immediately, getting his filmmaker friends, movie studios and industry professionals to not only give money but also lend their time to teach classes and support the growth of young black and Latino filmmakers from the South Bronx and Harlem. Today, GFS is New York's first public high school for cinema, an award-winning program model that has helped over 500 teenagers tell their stories.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2013.
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David O. Russell Facts

Birth NameDavid Owen Russell
BirthdayAugust 20, 1958 (65)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.