Leon Russell (1942–2016)

Soundtrack | Music Department | Actor
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KNOWN FOR 
The Kids Are All Right (2010) | Juno (2007) | The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
AWARDS 
3 nominations More »
BORN 
Apr 2, 1942 (died Nov 13, 2016)
HEIGHT 
5' 9" (1.75m)

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Past Film & Video (47 titles)YEARBUDGETDOMESTIC / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for DralienDralien (Short) Associate Producer  Less 2014 AUD 15K
  • Primary photo for ZariZari (Short) Soundtrack ("Back to the Island")  Less 2014 $100K
  • Primary photo for Tightrope: To Live the Life of an OutsiderTightrope: To Live the Life of an Outsider Composer (original music by)  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for B.B. King: The Life of RileyB.B. King: The Life of Riley Himself, Performer ("Hummingbird"), Writer ("Hummingbird")  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for The Kids Are All RightThe Kids Are All Right Performer ("Out in the Woods"), Writer ("Out in the Woods")  Less 2010 $3.5MM $21MM / $35MM
  • Primary photo for The Princess and the FrogThe Princess and the Frog Writer ("Cajun Love Song")  Less 2009 $105MM $104MM / $267MM
  • Primary photo for The MessengerThe Messenger Performer ("Stranger in a Strange Land" (1970)), Writer ("Stranger in a Strange Land" (1970))  Less 2009 $6.5MM $67K / —
  • Primary photo for Dolly Parton & Friends: Love Always - Live from TexasDolly Parton & Friends: Love Always - Live from Texas (Video) Himself - Performer (archive footage), Performer ("Wabash Cannonball")  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for The Wrecking Crew!The Wrecking Crew! Himself, Writer ("Everybody Loves A Clown")  Less 2008 $801K / —
  • Primary photo for StilettoStiletto Writer ("This Masquerade")  Less 2008 $4MM
  • Primary photo for Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack SheldonTrying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon Lyrics ("Swimming in the Riviera")  Less 2008 $20K / —
  • Primary photo for JunoJuno Writer ("Superstar" (1969))  Less 2007 $7.5MM $143MM / $231MM
  • Primary photo for Ghost RiderGhost Rider Writer ("Superstar")  Less 2007 $110MM $116MM / $229MM
  • Primary photo for BugBug Performer ("This Masquerade" (1972)), Writer ("This Masquerade" (1972))  Less 2006 $4MM $7MM / —
  • Primary photo for The Pursuit of HappynessThe Pursuit of Happyness Writer ("This Masquerade" (1972))  Less 2006 $55MM $164MM / $307MM
  • Primary photo for Around the BendAround the Bend Performer ("Roll Away The Stone", "A Song For You"), Writer ("Roll Away The Stone", "A Song For You")  Less 2004 $194K / —
  • Primary photo for Corporate GhostCorporate Ghost (Video) Writer ("Superstar")  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Truth and BetrayalTruth and Betrayal (Short) Mike  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Mayor of the Sunset StripMayor of the Sunset Strip Performer ("Welcome To Hollywood"), Writer ("Welcome To Hollywood")  Less 2003 $257K / —
  • Primary photo for Dolly Parton & Friends on the Country TrainDolly Parton & Friends on the Country Train (Video) Himself (archive footage), Performer ("Wabash Cannon Ball")  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for WonderlandWonderland Performer ("Stranger in a Strange Land" (1971)), Writer ("Stranger in a Strange Land" (1971))  Less 2003 $5MM $1.1MM / $2.5MM
  • Primary photo for Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The MovieBlue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie Performer ("Act Naturally")  Less 2003 $605K / —
  • Primary photo for Remember the TitansRemember the Titans Performer ("A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall")  Less 2000 $30MM $116MM / $137MM
  • Primary photo for The Secret Life of GirlsThe Secret Life of Girls Performer ("Roll Away The Stone"), Writer ("Superstar", "Roll Away The Stone")  Less 1999 $2.5MM
  • Primary photo for The FrightenersThe Frighteners Writer ("Superstar")  Less 1996 $30MM $17MM / $13MM
  • Primary photo for Tommy BoyTommy Boy Soundtrack ("Superstar")  Less 1995 $33MM / —
  • Primary photo for Boys on the SideBoys on the Side Writer ("Superstar")  Less 1995 $21MM $23MM / —
  • Primary photo for Carpenters: Interpretations - A 25th Anniversary CelebrationCarpenters: Interpretations - A 25th Anniversary Celebration (Video) Writer ("Superstar")  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for Wayne's World 2Wayne's World 2 Soundtrack ("Superstar")  Less 1993 $40MM $48MM / —
  • Primary photo for Dragon: The Bruce Lee StoryDragon: The Bruce Lee Story Performer ("Tightrope"), Writer ("Tightrope")  Less 1993 $14MM $35MM / $64MM
  • Primary photo for 29th Street29th Street Performer ("Stranger in a Strange Land"), Writer ("Stranger in a Strange Land")  Less 1991 $2.1MM / —
  • Primary photo for Driving Me CrazyDriving Me Crazy Writer ("A Song For You") (uncredited)  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for Superstar: The Karen Carpenter StorySuperstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Short) Writer ("Superstar", "This Masquerade")  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for Crimes of the HeartCrimes of the Heart Performer ("Don't Fence Me In")  Less 1986 $20MM $23MM / —
  • Primary photo for Carpenters: Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters: Yesterday Once More (Video) Writer ("Superstar")  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for Honeysuckle RoseHoneysuckle Rose Writer ("A Song for You")  Less 1980 $18MM / —
  • Primary photo for When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Radio Preacher  Less 1979 $1.8MM
  • Primary photo for JJ Cale in SessionJJ Cale in Session Actor, Executive Producer  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for A Star Is BornA Star Is Born Lyrics ("LOST INSIDE OF YOU"), Music ("LOST INSIDE OF YOU")  Less 1976 $6MM $80MM / $89MM
  • Primary photo for Alice Doesn't Live Here AnymoreAlice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Performer ("Roll Away the Stone" (1969)), Writer ("Roll Away the Stone" (1969))  Less 1974 $1.8MM $18MM / —
  • Primary photo for Son of DraculaSon of Dracula Musician (uncredited)  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for A Poem Is a Naked PersonA Poem Is a Naked Person Himself, Producer  Less 1974 $87K / —
  • Primary photo for Mad Dogs & EnglishmenMad Dogs & Englishmen Himself, Performer ("The Ballad of Mad Dogs & Englishmen" (end credits)), Writer ("Delta Lady", "Mad Dogs & Englishmen Theme", "Please Give Peace a Chance", "The Ballad of Mad Dogs & Englishmen" (end credits))  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for Confessions of a Male GroupieConfessions of a Male Groupie Performer ("Home Sweet Oklahoma") (uncredited)  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for GroupiesGroupies Writer ("DELTA LADY")  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for Out of SightOut of Sight Writer ("Malibu Run")  Less 1966
  • Primary photo for The Family JewelsThe Family Jewels Music Arranger ("This Diamond Ring") (uncredited), Writer ("Little Miss Go-Go") (as Russell)  Less 1965
Past Television (53 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for ConanConan (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 2017 )  Less 2017 1
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Writer ("This Masquerade") ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016 2
  • Primary photo for AtlantaAtlanta (TV Series) Writer ("This Masquerade") ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016 1
    • Value (Oct 4, 2016) Writer ("This Masquerade")  Less
  • Primary photo for RoadiesRoadies (TV Series) Performer ("Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Writer ("Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen") ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016 1
    • The Load Out (Aug 28, 2016) Performer ("Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen") (uncredited), Writer ("Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The BlacklistThe Blacklist (TV Series) Writer ("Everybody Loves a Clown") ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016 1
    • The Vehm (No. 132) (Jan 28, 2016) Writer ("Everybody Loves a Clown") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for American MastersAmerican Masters (TV Series) Contributor ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015 1
  • Primary photo for ScandalScandal (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015 1
    • Rasputin (Nov 12, 2015) Writer ("A Song for You") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The X FactorThe X Factor (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 7 episodes, 2004–2015 )  Less 2004–2015 7
    • Auditions 3 (Sep 5, 2015) Writer ("A Song for You")  Less
    • Episode #7.8 (Sep 26, 2010) Writer ("A Song for You") (uncredited)  Less
    • Bootcamp 1 (Sep 25, 2010) Writer ("A Song for You") (uncredited)  Less
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  • Primary photo for The Marty Stuart ShowThe Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) Writer ("A Song For You") ( 1 episode, 2014 ) , Himself - Special Guest ( 1 episode, 2014 ) , Performer ("Window Up Above", "Heartbreak Hotel", "A Song For You") ( 1 episode, 2014 )  Less 2014 1
    • Leon Russell (Mar 8, 2014) Himself - Special Guest, Performer ("Window Up Above", "Heartbreak Hotel", "A Song For You") (uncredited), Writer ("A Song For You") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Voice of the PhilippinesThe Voice of the Philippines (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 2013 ) , Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2013 )  Less 2013 2
    • Episode #1.26 (Sep 8, 2013) Writer ("Superstar")  Less
    • Episode #1.24 (Sep 1, 2013) Writer ("A Song for You")  Less
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 2013 ) , Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2012 )  Less 2012–2013 2
  • Primary photo for The X Factor PhilippinesThe X Factor Philippines (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 2012 )  Less 2012 1
    • Top 3 Finals (Oct 6, 2012) Writer ("Superstar")  Less
  • Primary photo for Voice - Danmarks største stemmeVoice - Danmarks største stemme (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2012 )  Less 2012 1
    • Første blindtest (Sep 15, 2012) Writer ("A Song for You") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The VoiceThe Voice (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2012 )  Less 2012 1
    • Live Semi Final (Jun 11, 2012) Writer ("A Song for You")  Less
  • Primary photo for SmashSmash (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2012 )  Less 2012 1
    • Let's Be Bad (Mar 5, 2012) Writer ("A Song for You")  Less
  • Primary photo for Saturday Night LiveSaturday Night Live (TV Series) Performer ("Monkey Suit") ( 1 episode, 2011 ) , Himself - Musical Guest ( 1 episode, 2011 ) , Writer ("This Masquerade") ( 1 episode, 1977 )  Less 1977–2011 2
    • Elton John/Leon Russell (Apr 2, 2011) Himself - Musical Guest, Performer ("Monkey Suit") (uncredited)  Less
    • Ralph Nader/George Benson (Jan 15, 1977) Writer ("This Masquerade")  Less
  • Primary photo for Late Night with Jimmy FallonLate Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2011 ) , Himself - Musical Guest ( 1 episode, 2011 ) , Performer ("This Masquerade") ( 1 episode, 2011 ) , Writer ("This Masquerade") ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011 2
    • Episode #3.52 (Mar 31, 2011) Writer ("A Song for You")  Less
    • Episode #3.42 (Mar 17, 2011) Himself - Musical Guest, Performer ("This Masquerade"), Writer ("This Masquerade")  Less
  • Primary photo for Mr. SunshineMr. Sunshine (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011 1
    • Lingerie Football (Mar 16, 2011) Writer ("A Song for You") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Late Show with David LettermanLate Show with David Letterman (TV Series) Himself - Musical Guest ( 1 episode, 2011 ) , Performer ("Hey Ahab") ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011 1
    • Episode #18.86 (Feb 9, 2011) Himself - Musical Guest, Performer ("Hey Ahab") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Rock SuomiRock Suomi (TV Series) Writer ("Raakaa voimaa") ( 1 episode, 2010 )  Less 2010 1
    • Suomirokkia (Nov 8, 2010) Writer ("Raakaa voimaa")  Less
  • Primary photo for American Idol: The Search for a SuperstarAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 3 episodes, 2003 ) , Writer ("A Song for You") ( 2 episodes, 2003–2006 )  Less 2003–2006 5
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  • Primary photo for Ha-ShminiyaHa-Shminiya (TV Series) Writer ("A Song For You") ( 1 episode, 2006 )  Less 2006 1
    • The Day After (Jan 16, 2006) Writer ("A Song For You") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Great PerformancesGreat Performances (TV Series) Writer ("Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005 1
  • Primary photo for Cold CaseCold Case (TV Series) Writer ("Stranger In A Strange Land") ( 1 episode, 2005 ) , Performer ("Stranger In A Strange Land") ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005 1
    • Honor (Nov 20, 2005) Performer ("Stranger In A Strange Land"), Writer ("Stranger In A Strange Land")  Less
  • Primary photo for House M.D.House M.D. (TV Series) Performer ("Stranger In A Strange Land") ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005 1
    • TB or Not TB (Nov 1, 2005) Performer ("Stranger In A Strange Land") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Australian IdolAustralian Idol (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005 1
  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005 1
    • Top 14 (Aug 24, 2005) Writer ("A Song for You")  Less
  • Primary photo for Canadian IdolCanadian Idol (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 3 episodes, 2003 )  Less 2003 3
  • Primary photo for Idool 2003Idool 2003 (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2003 )  Less 2003 1
  • Primary photo for Star SearchStar Search (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 2003 )  Less 2003 1
  • Primary photo for Close to You: Remembering the CarpentersClose to You: Remembering the Carpenters (TV Movie) Writer ("Superstar", "This Masquerade")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for E! True Hollywood StoryE! True Hollywood Story (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 1997 )  Less 1997 1
  • Primary photo for New York UndercoverNew York Undercover (TV Series) Writer ("A Song For You") ( 1 episode, 1997 )  Less 1997 1
    • School's Out (Feb 6, 1997) Writer ("A Song For You") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Mystery Science Theater 3000Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 1996 )  Less 1996 1
  • Primary photo for HeartbeatHeartbeat (TV Series) Writer ("Delta Lady") ( 1 episode, 1993 )  Less 1993 1
  • Primary photo for The SimpsonsThe Simpsons (TV Series) Soundtrack ( 1 episode, 1992 )  Less 1992 1
    • Treehouse of Horror III (Oct 29, 1992) Soundtrack ("Everybody Loves a Clown") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Flesh 'n' BloodFlesh 'n' Blood (TV Series) Composer (theme music) ( 12 episodes, 1991 )  Less 1991 12
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  • Primary photo for Stars in Their EyesStars in Their Eyes (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 1991 )  Less 1991 1
    • Episode #2.3 (Jun 22, 1991) Writer ("Superstar")  Less
  • Primary photo for The Karen Carpenter StoryThe Karen Carpenter Story (TV Movie) Writer ("Superstar", "A Song For You", "This Masquerade", "A Song For You Reprise")  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for Miami ViceMiami Vice (TV Series) Writer ("This Masquerade") ( 1 episode, 1984 )  Less 1984 1
    • Heart of Darkness (Sep 28, 1984) Writer ("This Masquerade") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Carpenters: Music, Music, MusicThe Carpenters: Music, Music, Music (TV Special) Writer ("A Song For You", "This Masquerade")  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for Carpenters Very First Television SpecialCarpenters Very First Television Special (TV Special) Music ("Rainy Days And Mondays / Superstar" - Medley)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Barbra: With One More Look at YouBarbra: With One More Look at You (TV Movie) Music ("Lost Inside Of You")  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Austin City LimitsAustin City Limits (TV Series) Writer ("Song For You") ( 1 episode, 1975 )  Less 1975 1
  • Primary photo for The Ernie Sigley ShowThe Ernie Sigley Show (TV Series) Writer ("This Masquerade") ( 2 episodes, 1974–1975 ) , Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 1974 )  Less 1974–1975 3
  • Primary photo for Rock ConcertRock Concert (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") ( 1 episode, 1974 )  Less 1974 1
    • Episode #1.15 (Jan 29, 1974) Writer ("A Song for You")  Less
  • Primary photo for The Graham Kennedy ShowThe Graham Kennedy Show (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 1973 )  Less 1973 1
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) Writer ("Superstar") ( 1 episode, 1971 )  Less 1971 1
  • Primary photo for The Mike Douglas ShowThe Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) Writer ("Delta Lady", "Hello Little Friend") ( 1 episode, 1969 )  Less 1969 1
    • Episode #9.59 (Nov 20, 1969) Writer ("Delta Lady", "Hello Little Friend")  Less
  • Primary photo for Music SceneMusic Scene (TV Series) Writer ("Delta Lady") ( 1 episode, 1969 )  Less 1969 1
    • Episode #1.9 (Nov 17, 1969) Writer ("Delta Lady")  Less
  • Primary photo for The MonkeesThe Monkees (TV Series) Musician ( 1 episode, 1966 )  Less 1966 1
  • Primary photo for Shindig!Shindig! (TV Series) Himself - Singer / Himself / Pianist ( 3 episodes, 1964–1965 ) , Performer ("Hi-Heel Sneakers") ( 1 episode, 1964 ) , Performer ("Jambalaya (On the Bayou)) ( 1 episode, 1965 ) , Performer ("Roll Over Beethoven") ( 1 episode, 1964 ) , Writer ("Everybody Loves a Clown") ( 1 episode, 1965 )  Less 1964–1965 4
    • Episode #2.13 (Oct 28, 1965) Writer ("Everybody Loves a Clown")  Less
    • Episode #1.22 (Feb 3, 1965) Himself - Singer, Performer ("Jambalaya (On the Bayou))  Less
    • Episode #1.10 (Nov 18, 1964) Himself, Performer ("Roll Over Beethoven")  Less
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  • Primary photo for Hollywood a Go GoHollywood a Go Go (TV Series) Writer ("Little Miss Go Go") ( 1 episode, 1965 )  Less 1965 1
    • Episode #1.18 (Apr 24, 1965) Writer ("Little Miss Go Go")  Less
Self (35 titles)YEARBUDGETDOMESTIC / WORLDWIDE
Archive Footage (5 titles)YEARBUDGETDOMESTIC / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for The 59th Annual Grammy AwardsThe 59th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special) Himself - In Memoriam (archive footage)  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for 20 Feet from Stardom20 Feet from Stardom Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 2013 $1MM $4.9MM / $5.9MM
  • Primary photo for Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2008 )  Less 2008
    • Sir Elton John (Dec 3, 2008) Himself (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for Get Up, Stand UpGet Up, Stand Up (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2003 )  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Joe Cocker: Have a Little FaithJoe Cocker: Have a Little Faith (Video) Himself (archive footage)  Less 1996
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