John A. Russo

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John A. Russo
John A. Russo as zombie in Night of the Living Dead.JPG
Russo playing a ghoul in Night of the Living Dead
Born (1939-02-02) February 2, 1939 (age 78)
United States
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, actor, novelist
Years active 1968 - Present

John A. Russo (born February 2, 1939), sometimes credited as Jack Russo or John Russo, is an American screenwriter and film director most commonly associated with the 1968 horror classic film Night of the Living Dead.[1] As a screenwriter, his credits include Night of the Living Dead, The Majorettes, Midnight, and Santa Claws. The latter two, he also directed. He has performed small roles as an actor, most notably the first ghoul who is stabbed in the head in Night of the Living Dead, as well as cameos in There's Always Vanilla and House of Frankenstein 1997. John Russo is also the founder and one of the co-mentors along with Russell Streiner of the John Russo Movie Making Program at DuBois Business College in DuBois, Pennsylvania.[2] John A. Russo has completed several interviews over the years discussing his film making career, with a recent interview with BioGamer Girl Magazine, in which he appeared on the magazine's radio show Undead Noise.[3] Movie Emporium Inc. will released Russo's CD John Russo's Movie Music, his CD is filled with Songs from his films.[4]


As screenwriter and director[edit]

As screenwriter only[edit]

As director only[edit]

As an actor[edit]

As producer[edit]

Documentary appearances[edit]

  • "One For the Fire:The Legacy of Night of the Living Dead" (2008)...Himself
  • UnConventional (2004) .... Himself
  • The Dead Walk: Remaking a Classic (1999) (V) .... Himself
Note: this is a "making-of" special featured on the DVD edition of the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead.
  • A-Z of Horror (1997) (mini) TV Series .... Himself
    • a.k.a. Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror (UK: complete title)
  • Night of the Living Dead: 25th Anniversary Documentary (1993) (V) .... Himself
Note: this is a 25th Anniversary special featured on a video release of the original Night of the Living Dead film.
  • Horror F/X (1989) (V) .... Himself
Note: Russo interviews frequent collaborator and fellow Pittsburgh horror movie maker, Tom Savini, in this low-budget shot-on-video documentary.
  • Drive-In Madness! (1987) .... Himself
    • a.k.a. Screen Scaries (USA: video title)



With Avatar Press he is writing a number of comic books:[5]


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