Dick Rude was born on June 10, 1964 in Los Angeles, California. His film career began at the age of 15 when he attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. As an actor, he has appeared in several films including "Sid and Nancy," "The Wild Life" and "Repo Man," which he also participated in as a contributing writer. Other writing credits include a pilot for Sophia Coppola, "Hi Octane," and an un-produced script commissioned by actor River Phoenix. Rude left UCLA Film School to co-write and star in "Straight to Hell" (1986), which features such notables as Joe Strummer, Dennis Hopper, Courtney Love, Elvis Costello, Jim Jarmusch and The Pogues.
As a producer and director, Rude has done several music videos. His video productions include music documentaries for Blonde Redhead ("Nothing Something"), Red Hot Chili Peppers ("Off the Map") and "LA Punk – The First Five Years" which was featured on the "Punk Attitude" DVD.
"Straight To Hell Returns" (2000), is a reunion of many of the cast from “Straight to Hell” a spaghetti western satire written with director Alex Cox, has recently been re-released on DVD with enhanced sound and video. It is available from Micro Cinema DVD, a distributor of independent films.
Today we celebrate Dick Rude’s 50th birthday.