Albert S. Ruddy
Ruddy's ability to spot promising material and creative talent is reflected in his choice of projects and recognized by his various industry awards, amassed over three decades in the Hollywood film industry. He has produced over 30 features including Bad Girls, the first western with all female leads; Death Hunt, pairing the late Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin; The Scout, a film that Richard Schickel of Time Magazine described as The best comedy fantasy about baseball ever made, Ladybugs, starring the late great Rodney Dangerfield and Farewell to the King, starring Nick Nolte.
Ruddy has also produced numerous television series and movies that continue to entertain current audiences, including the highly successful series Walker Texas Ranger, the classic Hogan's Heroes, which Ruddy created and produced 234 episodes, and 50 hours of the series How the West Was Won. More recently and under the Ruddy Morgan banner are Martial Law, with 44 episodes on CBS; Married to a Stranger, starring Jacqueline Smith for the Family Channel; Running Mates, starring Tom Selleck for TNT; and Miracle in the Wilderness, starring Kim Cattrall and Kris Kristofferson, which is one of the highest rated TNT movies ever and has become a Christmas perennial.
As producer and writer of the original The Longest Yard, Ruddy approached a virtually unknown actor named Burt Reynolds to star in the film. Ruddy and Reynolds went on to work on many more films together including Cannonball I and Cannonball II, and just this year, they finished shooting Cloud Nine, written and produced by Ruddy and starring Reynolds as a hustling con-man coach who forms a volleyball team with female strippers.
With partner Andre Morgan, Ruddy is currently executive producing a re-make of The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. Other projects include Airborn and The White Countess, starring Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson.
Ruddy's accomplishments have earned him numerous awards, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, A David of Donatello (Italy), two Heraldos (Mexico), Chicago, Miami & Shanghai Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Awards, Who's Who in America and the National Association of Theater Owners Producer of the Year.
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