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Russell Mael

Born and raised in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, and a UCLA Theater Arts and Filmmaking graduate, Russell Mael is one half of the influential American rock and pop duo 'Sparks' with brother Ron Mael. Originally known as Halfnelson the band changed their name to Sparks (a play on the Marx Brothers) after the 1971 release of their first album. An ... See full bio »

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Fright Night Soundtrack
Black Rain Soundtrack
Alan Partridge Soundtrack
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 2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture (writer: "Beat the Clock (Full 12" Extended Version) (1979)" - as Russell Craig Mael)
 2018/I Damsel (performer: "Yodel For A Hanging") / (writer: "Yodel For A Hanging" - as Russell C. Mael)
 2015 The Overnight (writer: "Tryouts For The Human Race")
 2014 Top of the Pops: The Story of 1979 (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Number One Song in Heaven")
 2013 Alan Partridge (writer: "The Number One Song in Heaven")
 2013 Bunheads (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- It's Not a Mint (2013) ... (writer: "I Predict" - uncredited)
 2011-2012 Some Jerk with a Camera (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- It's a Small World Holiday: Part Three (2012) ... (writer: "Mickey Mouse")
- The Top 11 Florida Attractions Not in California, Part One (2011) ... (writer: "The Calm Before the Storm", "The Studio Commissary")
- Ten Years of Disney's California Adventure (2011) ... (writer: "Limo Driver (Welcome to Hollywood)")
 2009 Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (writer: "The Willys", "Eaten by the Monster of Love" - as Russell C. Mael)
 2008 The Intimate Strangers Are Here (performer: "Suburban Homeboy", "Intro", "Intro Reprise", "Likeable", "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us", "Moon over Kentucky")
 2007 Boarding Gate (writer: "The No. 1 Song In Heaven")
 2006 Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Real Paul Anka (2006) ... (writer: "Angst In My Pants" - uncredited)
 2005 Brothers in Arms (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Beat the Clock", "How Can I Get to Carnegie Hall?" - uncredited)
 2004 It's All Gone Pete Tong (writer: "Musak")
 1998 Knock Off (performer: "Its a Knock-Off")
 1992 Unlawful Entry (writer: "NATIONAL CRIME AWARENESS WEEK")
 1989 Black Rain ("SINGING IN THE SHOWER")
 1986 Rad (producer: "Music That You Can Dance To") / (writer: "Music That You Can Dance To")
 1985 Fright Night (producer: "ARMIES OF THE NIGHT") / (writer: "ARMIES OF THE NIGHT")
 1984 Heavenly Bodies (writer: "Breaking Out of Prison")
 1984 Bad Manners (writer: "Growing Pains", "Motorcycle Midget", "Growing Pains (Reprise)")
 1983 Get Crazy (writer: "Get Crazy")
 1983 Valley Girl (writer: "Angst in My Pants", "Eaten by the Monster of Love")
 1979 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Episode dated 1 November 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "Tryouts For the Human Race")
- Episode dated 2 August 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "Beat the Clock")
- Episode dated 19 July 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "Beat the Clock")
- Episode dated 31 May 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "The Number One Song in Heaven")
- Episode dated 10 May 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "The Number One Song in Heaven")
 1979 The Kenny Everett Video Cassette (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.8 (1979) ... (writer: "The Number One Song in Heaven")
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Official Site - Sparks

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5' 8" (1.73 m)

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I don't like talking about myself; I like to let the music be the spokesperson for me. So doing a memoir and all that chronological 'and then this happened and then blah blah' doesn't appeal to me that much. I think there's more mystique in what you don't know about. See more »


Big fan of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.


High-pitched falsetto singing voice See more »

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