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Also Known As: Charles Russell Died:
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Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, maintenance man

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From a job sweeping soundstages, Charles 'Chuck' Russell worked his way up to line producer and assistant director on low-budget items for Sunn Classics and for producer Roger Corman (as on "Death Race 2000," 1975). He copped his first producing credit on the modestly made and rather routine horror flick "The Hearse" (1980) and moved to executive status for the similarly derivative "Hell Night" (1981) and "The Seduction" (1982). Russell's first produced screenplay, "Dreamscape" (1984), showed considerably more imagination, with Dennis Quaid discovering he has the ability to enter other people's dreams. For several years Russell continued making ordinary teen-oriented fare, reteaming with Corman for "Body Rock" (1984). His most notable film during this period was the popular and enjoyable Rodney Dangerfield comedy, "Back to School" (1986).

From a job sweeping soundstages, Charles 'Chuck' Russell worked his way up to line producer and assistant director on low-budget items for Sunn Classics and for producer Roger Corman (as on "Death Race 2000," 1975). He copped his first producing credit on the modestly made and rather routine horror flick "The Hearse" (1980) and moved to executive status for the similarly derivative "Hell Night" (1981) and "The Seduction" (1982). Russell's first produced screenplay, "Dreamscape" (1984), showed considerably more imagination, with Dennis Quaid discovering he has the ability to enter other people's dreams. For several years Russell continued making ordinary teen-oriented fare, reteaming with Corman for "Body Rock" (1984). His most notable film during this period was the popular and enjoyable Rodney Dangerfield comedy, "Back to School" (1986).

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  Scorpion King, The (2002) Director
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  Bless the Child (2000) Director
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  Eraser (1996) Director
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  Mask, The (1994) Director
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  The Blob (1988) Director

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Raised in the Chicago, Illinois area
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Worked as an assistant director and a line producer for low-budget production companies including Sunn Classics and Roger Corman's New World Pictures
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Worked for a time as an assistant director at American International Pictures (dates approximate)
1980:
First producing credit, "The Hearse"
1981:
First executive producer credit, "Hell Night"
1984:
First screenplay credit, "Dreamscape" (written with David Loughery and director Joseph Ruben); also served as an associate producer
1986:
Doubled as producer and production manager on the popular comedy, "Back to School"
1987:
Directed first feature film, "A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors", also co-wrote the screenplay (with Wes Craven and Bruce Wagner)
1994:
Breakthrough feature as director, "The Mask"; also served as executive producer
1996:
Helmed and executive produced the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "Eraser"
2000:
Made the thriller "Bless the Child", featuring Kim Basinger
2002:
Directed "The Scorpion King", based on a character featured in 2001's "The Mummy Returns"
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Education

University of Illinois: Urbana , Illinois -

Notes

"I purposely do not deal with how the effects will be done--I deal with what would be exciting to have happen in the story. You end up with effects that are more organic with the story when you don't worry about how to do them, because you are forced to come up with new creative solutions." --Russell quoted in Film Threat, October 1994.

Not to be confused with Charles Russell (also known as Charles W Russell), a character actor in Hollywood features of the 1940s, TV producer Charles Russell, whose credits include such series as "Crime Photographer" (1951-52), "You Are There" (1953-57), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955-65), "The Untouchables" (1959-63), "The Naked City" (1960-63), and "Judd, for the Defense" (1967-69), or NBC sound technician Chuck Russell, busy on Maria Shriver and Jane Pauley interview specials since the late 80s.

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wife:
Patti Russell.

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son:
Logan Joseph Russell. Born on October 18, 1998.
daughter:
Riley Ann Russell. Born on March 19, 2000.

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