George Arthur "Rusty" Cundieff (born December 13, 1960) is an American film and television director, actor, and writer known for his work on Fear of a Black Hat (1993), Tales from the Hood (1995), and Chappelle's Show (2003-2006).
|Occupation||Actor, film director, producer, writer|
Cundieff was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Christina and John A. Cundieff. He studied journalism at Loyola University in New Orleans and the philosophy of religion at the University of Southern California. While at USC, Cundieff was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, a historically African American fraternity.
He is married to Trina Davis Cundieff, with whom he has two children: Simone Christina and Thelonious Jon Davis.
After graduating from USC in 1982, Cundieff performed stand-up comedy in Los Angeles while looking for opportunities to act. His first major role was a year-long run as Theo Carver on Days of Our Lives in 1985. In 1988, he played Big Brother Chucky in Spike Lee's School Daze. Cundieff cites his experience working with Lee on the film as being what motivated him to pursue writing and directing in addition to acting. He was also a correspondent on Michael Moore's comic TV magazine show TV Nation in the mid-1990s.
|1984||Welcome to the Fun Zone||Host||TV movie|
|1987||Hollywood Shuffle||Audition Actor / Slave #1 / Zombie Pimp|
|1988||School Daze||Big Brother Chucky|
|1993||Fear of a Black Hat||Ice Cold||Also writer and director.|
|1995||Tales from the Hood||Richard||Also writer and director.|
|1997||Sprung||Montel||Also writer and director.|
|2003||The Devon Taylor Show||Ice Cold||TV movie|
|1985||Days of Our Lives||Theo Carver|
|1985||What's Happening Now!||J.B. Whitney||1 episode|
|1985||MacGruder and Loud||Perry||1 episode|
|1990||thirtysomething||Student #5||1 episode|
|2003||Chappelle's Show||Ystur Feidnuc D.D.S. / Richard Pryor||2 episodes|
|1993||Fear of a Black Hat|
|1995||Tales from the Hood|
|2000||The New Adventures of Spin and Marty: Suspect Behavior||TV movie|
|2006||The Bernie Mac Show||1 episode|
|2006||So Notorious||1 episode|
|2003-2006||Chappelle's Show||25 episodes|
|2006||The Brandon T. Jackson Show||TV movie|
|2006||Campus Ladies||1 episode|
|2007||Human Giant||3 episodes|
|2008||Chocolate News||Segment director, 12 episodes|
|2009-2010||The Wanda Sykes Show||Segment director, 21 episodes|
|2013||Movie 43||Segment director, "Victory's Glory"|
|2013||Second Generation Wayans||3 episodes|
|2013||The Devon Taylor Show||TV movie|
|2013||The Hustle||2 episodes|
|2018||Tales from the Hood 2||director|
|TBA||Tales from the Hood 3|
- Donalson, Melvin (2010). Black Directors in Hollywood. University of Texas Press. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-292-70179-3.
- "Rusty Cundieff: Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- Parks, Gregory (2011). Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, The Demands of Transcendence. The University Press of Kentucky. p. 364. ISBN 0813134218.
- "Marriages, Births, and Deaths". USC Trojan Family Magazine. University of Southern California. Spring 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Rusty Cundieff: Filmography". IMDB. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- Levine, Robert (2 June 1994). "Meet the Ice Cold King of Gagsta Rap : Rusty Cundieff's 'Fear of a Black Hat' Was Inspired by 'Spinal Tap'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "TV Nation Episodes". tvguide.com. Retrieved 21 October 2018.