Leon Russell (1942–2016)

Soundtrack | Music Department | Actor
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KNOWN FOR 
Ghost Rider (2007) | The Kids Are All Right (2010) | The Messenger (2009)
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)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / 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 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)  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)  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 Dinah!Dinah! (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") (1 episode, 1977)  Less 1977 1
  • 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 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) Writer ("A Song for You") (2 episodes, 1973), Writer ("Superstar") (1 episode, 1971)  Less 1971–1976 3
  • 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), 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 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), 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 (36 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
Archive Footage (5 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / 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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