Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 13, 1960
SpouseTrina Davis Cundieff
FactIs a member of Alpha Phi Aplha Fraternity Inc.

Rusty Cundieff was born on October 19, 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were both African American and his father was a police officer. He has two older sisters. Cundieff was educated at the prestigious Central High School in Philadelphia. He then attended Temple University, where he studied film.

Cundieff’s career began with him directing music videos for artists such as Fishbone and Living Colour. He then made his feature film debut with the 1995 horror comedy “Tales from the Hood”. The film was a critical and commercial success. Cundieff then went on to direct the 1997 film “Sprung”, which was also a success.

In 2000, Cundieff directed and co-wrote the film “Pootie Tang”. The film was a commercial failure, but has since become a cult classic. Cundieff then directed the 2004 film “Dirty Deeds”. He has also directed episodes of the television series “The Shield” and “American Crime Story”.

Cundieff is married to actress Daphne Maxwell Reid. The couple have two children together.

Cundieff has a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameRusty Cundieff
Date Of BirthDecember 13, 1960
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film director, Actor, Television Director
EducationUniversity of Southern California


SpouseTrina Davis Cundieff
ChildrenSimone Christina Cundieff, Thelonious Jon Davis Cundieff
ParentsChristina Cundieff, John A. Cundieff


NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie
MoviesWhite Water, Movie 43, The New Adventures of Spin and Marty: Suspect Behavior, Sprung, Tales from the Hood, Fear of a Black Hat, Eddie Presley, House Party 2, School Daze, Hollywood Shuffle
TV ShowsTV Nation

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1Is a member of Alpha Phi Aplha Fraternity Inc.
2Son of John A. Cundieff and Christina Cundieff, both featured in Tales from the Hood (1995).




Gay Skit Happens2016TV Series 1 episode
White Water2015TV Movie attached
The Hustle2013TV Series 2 episodes
The Devon Taylor Show2013TV Movie
Second Generation Wayans2013TV Series 3 episodes
Movie 432013segment "Victory's Glory"
The Wanda Sykes Show2009-2010TV Series segment director - 21 episodes
Chocolate News2008TV Series segment director - 12 episodes
Somebodies2008TV Series 4 episodes
Human Giant2007TV Series 3 episodes
Campus Ladies2006TV Series 1 episode
The Brandon T. Jackson Show2006TV Movie
Chappelle's Show2003-2006TV Series 25 episodes
So Notorious2006TV Series 1 episode
The Bernie Mac Show2006TV Series 1 episode
Bitch House2005TV Movie
The New Adventures of Spin and Marty: Suspect Behavior2000TV Movie
Clueless1996TV Series 1 episode
Tales from the Hood1995
Fear of a Black Hat1993


The Devon Taylor Show2013TV MovieIce Cold
Chappelle's Show2003TV SeriesYstur Feidnuc D.D.S. / Richard Pryor
Tales from the Hood1995Richard
Fear of a Black Hat1993Ice Cold
Eddie Presley1992Guard
Thirtysomething1990TV SeriesStudent #5
School Daze1988Big Brother Chucky
Hollywood Shuffle1987Audition Actor / Slave #1 / Zombie Pimp / ...
What's Happening Now!1986TV SeriesJ.B. Whitney
MacGruder and Loud1985TV SeriesPerry
Benson1984TV SeriesJeff
Welcome to the Fun Zone1984TV MovieHost
Days of Our Lives1965TV SeriesTheo Carver (1985)


The Tom Joyner Show2005TV Series comedy consultant
Between Brothers1997-1999TV Series creative consultant - 13 episodes


CSI: NY2009TV Series written by - 1 episode
Sprung1997written by
Tales from the Hood1995written by
Fear of a Black Hat1993written by
House Party 21991screenplay / story


White Water2015TV Movie executive producer / producer
The Brandon T. Jackson Show2006TV Movie co-executive producer
Bitch House2005TV Movie executive producer

Assistant Director

The Wanda Sykes Show2009TV Series segment director - 3 episodes


Fear of a Black Hat1993performer: "Come Pet The P.U.S.S.Y.", "Guerrillas in the Midst", "Booty Juice", "Fuck The Security Guards", "Buried and Bald Wear Yo Hat!", "Grab Yo Stuff aka Grab Yo Dick", "My Peanuts" / writer: "Come Pet The P.U.S.S.Y.", "Guerrillas in the Midst", "I'm Just A Human", "Booty Juice", "Fuck The Security Guards", "I'm Gonna Kick Yo Black Ass", "Buried and Bald Wear Yo Hat!", "Grab Yo Stuff aka Grab Yo Dick", "My Peanuts"


Straight Into Darkness2004special thanks


Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie2012Documentary
Comic-Con '08 Live2008TV MovieHimself
In Search of Charlie Chan2006Video documentary shortHimself
Birth of a Nation: The Making of 'School Daze'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Making a Mark2005Video documentary shortHimself
Chappelle's Show2003TV SeriesHimself
TV Nation: Volume Two1997Video documentaryHimself
TV Nation: Volume One1997Video documentaryHimself
TV Nation1994-1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Correspondent


Won Awards

2014Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorMovie 43 (2013)

Nominated Awards

2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)White Water (2015)
1993Prize of the City of TorinoTorino International Festival of Young CinemaBest Feature FilmFear of a Black Hat (1993)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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