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Russell Simmons



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
  • 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
2013
50% Decoding Deepak
  • Actor
2012
94% The House I Live In
  • Executive Producer
2012
No Score Yet Bring Your 'A' Game
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Lemon
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Hip Hop Moguls: The Rags to Riches Stories of the CEO'S of Rap
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Brave New Voices
  • Producer
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 Russell Simmons Presents: Def Poetry 6
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet Rap Sheet: Hip Hop and the Cops
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Urban Lyrics
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Laws of Success
  • Executive Producer
2006
27% Waist Deep
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2006
No Score Yet Lockdown, USA
  • Actor
2006
57% The Hip Hop Project
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop & The Cops
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Hip Hop Laws of Success
  • 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 King of Kings
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Independent Lens
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Industry
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2005
No Score Yet Cheddar
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Industry
  • Producer
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 Inside Hip Hop
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Hip-Hop Story: The Movie
  • Actor
2002
66% Brown Sugar
  • Himself
2002
No Score Yet Journeys in Black: Russell Simmons
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Hip-Hop Story: Tha Movie
  • 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
2000
14% How to Be a Player
  • Producer
1997
88% Gridlock'd
  • Executive Producer
1997
64% The Nutty Professor
  • Producer
1996
73% The Addiction
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1995
80% The Show
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Hardwood Dreams
  • Executive Producer
1993
No Score Yet Tougher than Leather
  • Producer
  • Russell
  • Executive Producer
1988
43% Krush Groove
  • Producer
  • Crocket
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
23% Donny!
2015
  • Himself
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Voces on PBS
2006-2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Appearing
  • Actor
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Made
2003-2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Real Husbands of Hollywood
2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents the Ruckus
2012
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Himself
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet In the Flow With Affion Crockett
2011
  • Performer

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