THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK
Producer RUSSELL SMITH served as Executive Director of
the Steppenwolf Theatre Company from 1978 to 1983. Among the notable
plays produced during that time were "True West," "Balm
in Gilead," "The Glass Menagerie," "Death
of a Salesman," "A Prayer for my Daughter" and
"Savages." He has produced theatre and musical events
as an arts consultant for the 1st National Bank of Chicago, as
well as the hit off-Broadway production of "Orphans."
In 1987, Gary Sinise and Smith collaborated on their first film,
Miles From Home. The following year he produced Queens
In 1989 Smith became the head of production for New Visions Pictures
and oversaw the production of five films, notable among them were
The Long Walk Home and Mortal Thoughts. His recent
film productions include the award-winning short film The Witness
and the acclaimed Of Mice and Men.
In 1994, Smith formed a film company with longtime friend John
Malkovich. They are currently developing a number of projects
both studio-backed and independent.
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