|Born||1967 (age 46–47)
Great Neck, New York, United States
Gewirtz attended Trinity School in New York City before earning a degree in computer science from Tufts University . He later attended Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan. After passing the bar exam, Gewirtz went to work for his father running a small chain of clothing stores. After brokering a lucrative real estate deal in 1999, he left New York for several years and spent time in France and Brazil. It was at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival that he originally pitched the idea for Inside Man to Daniel Rosenberg and became a Hollywood screenwriter.
Gewirtz's second screenplay is Righteous Kill, a thriller starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, which received mixed reviews. and grossed $74 million so far. Gewirtz will not return to write the screenplay for Spike Lee's Inside Man 2, and has been replaced by Hotel Rwanda-director Terry George.
- Medsker, David (September 8, 2006), Interview with screenwriter Russell Gewirtz, retrieved November 18, 2007
- "Russell Gewirtz". Retrieved November 18, 2007.
- Hayes, Dade (May 17, 2007), "De Niro, Pacino reunite for 'Kill'", Variety