Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons

  • Highest Rated: 100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% How to Be a Player (1997)
  • Birthday: Oct 4, 1957
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons first branched out into movies when he acted and co-produced in the 1985 rap movie Krush Groove. Essentially a glorified biography of his own life, with Blair Underwood assuming the role of Simmons, the movie didn't score well with critics but was a box-office success. Another hip-hop based movie followed, 1988's Tougher Than Leather, before Simmons assumed full control of Def Jam when co-founder Rick Rubin left. Almost immediately he set up Rush Communications, dipping his hand in nearly everything from a clothing line, to television comedy, to magazine production. At this time Simmons also began producing movies. Pictures he's backed creatively and/or financially include The Addiction, The Nutty Professor and Gridlock'd.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% Survivors Guide to Prison Actor 2018
No Score Yet Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth Actor 2017
No Score Yet Def Comedy Jam 25 Executive Producer 2017
No Score Yet G-Funk Actor 2017
No Score Yet On Meditation Actor $4.3K 2016
86% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Actor $70.6K 2016
No Score Yet The Hip Hop World News Actor 2016
53% The Muslims Are Coming Actor 2013
No Score Yet Occupy Wall Street: We Are The 99 Percent Actor 2013
77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs Actor $15.8K 2013
94% The House I Live In Executive Producer $0.3M 2012
50% Decoding Deepak Actor 2012
No Score Yet Bring Your 'A' Game Actor 2012
No Score Yet Lemon Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet Brave New Voices Producer 2009
No Score Yet Hip Hop Moguls: The Rags to Riches Stories of the CEO'S of Rap Actor 2009
No Score Yet Life on the Road with Mr. and Mrs. Brown Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Black List: Volume One Actor 2008
No Score Yet 2 Turntables And A Microphone: The Life And Death Of Jam Master Jay Actor 2008
No Score Yet Rap Sheet: Hip Hop and the Cops Actor 2007
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Laws of Success Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet Urban Lyrics Actor 2006
28% Waist Deep Executive Producer Producer $21.4M 2006
No Score Yet Lockdown, USA Actor 2006
58% The Hip Hop Project Actor 2006
No Score Yet Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop & The Cops Actor 2006
No Score Yet Urban Lyrics Actor 2006
No Score Yet Black and Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop Actor 2005
No Score Yet Just for Kicks Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Industry Executive Producer Actor 2005
No Score Yet King of Kings Actor 2005
No Score Yet Independent Lens Actor 2005
No Score Yet Ballers: Street Dreams of the Rich and Famous Actor 2004
No Score Yet The N-Word Actor 2004
No Score Yet Ethics And The World Crisis: A Dialogue With The Dalai Lama Actor 2004
No Score Yet F.E.D.S. Executive Producer 2003
47% Death of a Dynasty Actor 2003
No Score Yet Paper Chasers Actor 2003
No Score Yet Inside Hip Hop Actor 2003
No Score Yet Hip-Hop Story: The Movie Actor 2002
66% Brown Sugar Himself $27.2M 2002
No Score Yet Journeys in Black: Russell Simmons Actor 2002
No Score Yet Street Dreams Actor 2002
No Score Yet Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake Actor 2001
No Score Yet 24 Hours with Russell Simmons Actor 2001
31% Backstage Actor $0.7M 2000
14% How to Be a Player Producer 1997
88% Gridlock'd Executive Producer 1997
64% The Nutty Professor Producer 1996
75% The Addiction Producer Executive Producer 1995
80% The Show Actor Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet ESPN Films: Hardwood Dreams Part 1 Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet Tougher than Leather Russell Producer Executive Producer 1988
43% Krush Groove Producer Crocket 1985

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet All Def Comedy
2017
Executive Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Big Interview With Dan Rather
2013
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2016
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
Panelist
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show
2009
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2010
23% Donny!
2015
Himself
  • 2015
No Score Yet Real Husbands of Hollywood
2013-2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing Executive Producer Producer
  • 2013
  • 2007
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents the Ruckus
2012
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004-2017
Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Voces on PBS
2006
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet In the Flow With Affion Crockett
2011
Performer
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Real Housewives of Atlanta
2008
Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2007
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices
2009
Executive Producer
  • 2009
No Score Yet Run's House
2005-2009
Reality cast member Executive Producer Producer
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Made
2003-2014
Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam
2008
Creator
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
2006-2007
Guest
  • 2007
54% The L Word
2004-2009
Himself
  • 2006
No Score Yet Cribs
2000-2009
Appearing
  • 2002
No Score Yet Hip Hop Evolution
2016
Appearing
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry
2001-2007
Executive Producer Himself

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