David O. Russell is a prominently known American film director, screenwriter, and producer who has directed a number of well-known films including The Fighter (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and American Hustle (2013).

Born Name

David Owen Russell

Nick Name

David

Sun Sign

Leo

Born Place

Manhattan, New York, United States

Residence

Santa Monica, California, United States

Nationality

Education

Russell studied at Mamaroneck High School.

Later, in 1981, David graduated with a Bachelor of Arts major in English and political science from Amherst College.

Occupation

Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer

Family

  • Father – Bernard Russell (Vice President of Sales)
  • Mother – Maria Russell (Secretary)
  • Others – Frank Muzio (Maternal Grandfather), Philomena Brancata (Maternal Grandfather)

Manager

David is represented by Kanzeon Corp.

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm

Weight

98 kg or 216 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

David has dated –

  1. Janet Grillo (1992⁠–⁠2007) – He and Janet have a son named Matthew Antonio Grillo Russell.
  2. Holly Davis (2007–Present) – David and Holly adopted a son named Leo Russell.

Race / Ethnicity

White

He has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry on his father’s side and Italian ancestry on his mother’s side.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • He sports a pair of rectangular reading glasses.

David O. Russell Favorite Things

  • Films – Taxi Driver (1976), Chinatown (1974), Shampoo (1975)

David O. Russell Facts

  1. He was brought up in a middle-class household in Larchmont, New York in a household of atheists.
  2. David was only 13 years old when he made his first film while using a Super 8 film camera.
  3. He was said to be a class rebel in high school.
  4. Despite having found his interest in film, Russell wanted to be a writer during his high school years. He even went as far as creating a newspaper and would write short stories too.
  5. After completing his graduation, David moved to Nicaragua where he taught in a Sandinista literacy program. While there, he also took part in various manual labor work such as waitering, bartending, and catering.
  6. Russell was a political activist in the past.
  7. He once directed a documentary that was based on Panamanian immigrants in Boston. That in turn got him the post of a production assistant on a series called Smithsonian World that aired on PBS.
  8. Both of his parents had worked for Simon & Schuster in the past.
  9. He directed his debut theatrical film called Spanking the Monkey in 1994. The film featured the likes of actors Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson, , and Benjamin Hendrickson.
  10. David was on the board of organization at the Ghetto Film School in the past.
  11. Russell has worked with a number of well-known actors including , , , , , and .
  12. David is a huge supporter of mental illness treatment and aid as well as Autism research.
  13. Russell has been nominated more than once for an Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA. He won his first BAFTA Film Award for “Best Adapted Screenplay” in 2013 for his work in the film Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
  14. He has directed commercials for various brands including KFC.
  15. Some of his most notable comedy film works include Spanking the Monkey (1994), Flirting with Disaster (1996), Three Kings (1999), and I Heart Huckabees (2004).

Featured Image By Georges Biard / / CC BY-SA 3.0

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Facts of David O. Russell 

  • full nameDavid O. Russell 
  • Date of Birth August 20, 1958
  • Age 63 years 3 months
  • Horoscope Leo
  • Lucky Number 6
  • Lucky Stone Ruby
  • Lucky Color Gold
  • Best Match for Marriage Sagittarius, Gemini, Aries
  • weight98 kg
  • height5 ft 11 in

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