His best-selling novel Empire Falls won the 2002 Pulitzer (for fiction). Mr. Russo received an Emmy Award nomination for adapting his novel, which was filmed by director Fred Schepisi and aired on HBO in two parts in May 2005. Empire Falls starred Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward.
Paul Newman had previously starred in Twilight, which Mr. Russo wrote with The Ice Harvest co-screenwriter Robert Benton, and in Nobody's Fool. The latter film was adapted by Robert Benton from Mr. Russo's novel of the same name.
He also wrote the teleplays The Flamingo Rising (adapted from Larry Baker's novel and directed by Martha Coolidge) and Brush with Fate (adapted from Susan Vreeland and directed by Brent Shields).
Richard Russo Facts
|Birthday||July 15, 1949 (69)|
|Birthplace||Johnstown, New York, USA|