Russell Albion “Russ” Meyer (March 21, 1922 – September 18, 2004) was an American motion picture director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, actor, and photographer.
Meyer is known primarily for writing and directing a series of successful low-budget sexploitation films that featured campy humor, sly satire, and large-breasted actresses.
Russ Meyer was born in San Leandro, California to William Arthur Meyer, a German-American police officer, and his wife Lydia Lucinda Hauck Howe. His parents divorced shortly after he was born, and Meyer was to have virtually no contact with his father during his life. When he was 14, his mother pawned her wedding ring in order to buy him an 8mm film camera. He made a number of amateur films at the age of 15, and served during World War II as a U.S. Army combat cameraman for the 166th Signal Photo Company. It was in the Army that Meyer forged his strongest friendships, and he would later ask many of his fellow combat cameramen… read more
"My films are like a reptile you beat with a club. You think you've killed it, but then it turns around and gets you on the ankle." - Russ Meyer