Rusty Cundieff

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Rusty Cundieff
Born (1960-12-13) December 13, 1960 (age 60)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Actor, film director, producer, writer

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 Chapelle's Show (2003-2006).[1]


Cundieff was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Christina and John A. Cundieff.[2] He studied journalism at Loyola University in New Orleans and the philosophy of religion at the University of Southern California.[1] While at USC, Cundieff was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, a historically African American fraternity.[3]

He is married to Trina Davis Cundieff, with whom he has two children: Simone Christina and Thelonious Jon Davis.[4]

Film career

After graduating from USC in 1982, Cundieff performed stand-up comedy in Los Angeles while looking for opportunities to act.[1] His first major role was a year-long run as Theo Carver on Days of Our Lives in 1985.[1] In 1988, he played Big Brother Chucky in Spike Lee's School Daze''.[5] Cundieff cites his experience working with Lee on the film as being what motivated him to pursue writing and directing in addition to acting.[6]



Film credits
Year Film Role Notes
1984 Welcome to the Fun Zone Host TV movie
1986 3:15 M-16's
1987 Hollywood Shuffle Audition Actor / Slave #1 / Zombie Pimp
1988 School Daze Big Brother Chucky
1992 Eddie Presley Guard
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
Television credits
Year Show Role Notes
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


Film and television director
Year Film Notes
1993 Fear of a Black Hat
1995 Tales from the Hood
1996 Clueless (TV series) 1 episode
1997 Sprung
2000 The New Adventures of Spin and Marty: Suspect Behavior TV movie
2005 Bitch House
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 Somebodies 4 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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Donalson, Melvin (2010). Black Directors in Hollywood. University of Texas Press. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-292-70179-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Rusty Cundieff: Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 1 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Parks, Gregory (2011). Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, The Demands of Transcendence. The University Press of Kentucky. p. 364. ISBN 0813134218.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Marriages, Births, and Deaths". USC Trojan Family Magazine. University of Southern California. Spring 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Rusty Cundieff: Filmography". IMDB. Retrieved 1 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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