Color photo of Aaron Russo smiling, during an America: Freedom to Fascism Promotion.
Born On:  
February 14, 1943
Place of Birth:  
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Passed Away On:  
August 24, 2007 (at Age: 64)
Cause of Passing:  
Aaron Russo died due to bladder cancer
Location of Passing:  
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California USA
Professional Life:  
Activist, Business Owner, Film Producer,
Freedom Fighter, Inventor, Libertarian, and Politican

Early Life

Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, producer Aaron Russo began promoting rock and roll shows at local theaters while still a high school student.  He then worked for his family's undergarment business, where in 1963 he designed the first ladies' bikini under wear.

Entertainment Career

Five years later the twenty-four-year-old entrepreneur opened his own nightclub in Chicago called the Kinetic Playground which became a driving force in the music business, where Aaron helped create the careers of many legendary performers, such as Led Zeppelin, whom he brought to America for the first time.  He also promoted some of the Sixties' most successful rock acts, including The Who, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane.

In 1972, Russo began his seven-year partnership with Bette Midler, who became a superstar during his management of her career.  In 1975 he produced the Tony award-winning Clams on the Half-Shell Revue, which starred Bette Midler and Lionel Hampton.  At the time it was the most successful ten-week Broadway revue in history, grossing more than $1.8 million.  While serving as Midler's manager, Russo created and managed the Manhattan Transfer.  Later his roster would include such personalities as David Keith, Frederic Forrest, Susan Sarandon and other notable clients.

When Russo turned to producing feature films, his production of The Rose, introduced Bette Midler to motion picture audiences.  Midler received an Academy Award nomination as best actress. "The Rose" is considered by many to be the classic rock 'n' roll film.  Russo also produced Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, which has become a Christmas classic, and Teachers, starring Nick Nolte, Morgan Freeman, and Ralph Macchio.


Over the past years, Russo has received numerous awards for his achievements.  They include a Grammy, a Tony, an Emmy for producing the best television special of the year "OL' Red Hair is Back," starring Dustin Hoffman and Bette Midler, plus many gold and platinum records.  His films have been nominated for six Academy Awards, as well as seven Golden Globes.  His films have won three Golden Globes, as well as the Image Award.

He was writing, producing, and directing a new feature film/documentary titled America: Freedom to Fascism billed as an expose of the Internal Revenue Service.  In 1996 Russo made a political video entitled Aaron Russo's Mad as Hell.

View Mad As Hell at iNFOWARRIOR TV

Political Career

Russo became involved in politics in the early 1990s when he produced and starred in a video entitled Mad As Hell in which he criticized NAFTA, The War on Drugs, the concept of a National Identity Card, and government regulation of alternative medicine.

Russo ran in the Republican primary for governor of Nevada in 1998, placing second with 26% of the vote.  He then endorsed the Democratic candidate, Las Vegas mayor Jan Laverty Jones, who lost to Republican Kenny Guinn.  Russo subsequently planned to run for governor in 2002 as an independent or a Libertarian, but he was temporarily sidelined by cancer.

In January 2004, he declared his candidacy for the President of the United States as an independent, then decided to run for the Libertarian Party's nomination.  While some considered Russo's style crude and even insulting, others argued his media experience would enable him to pose a serious threat to incumbent President George W. Bush, pulling enough votes from otherwise likely Bush voters to affect the outcome in battleground states, in the same way that Ralph Nader was considered to be in relation to Democrat John Kerry.

At the Libertarian National Convention in May 2004, Russo received 258 votes, as opposed to 256 for Michael Badnarik and 246 for Gary Nolan, a majority being required to receive the presidential nomination.  Russo went on to be defeated on the third and final ballot by nominee Badnarik by a vote of 423-344.

On January 14, 2007, Russo announced his full support for U.S. Congressman Ron Paul's 2008 presidential bid.  This support included his America: Freedom to Fascism volunteer network.

Streaming Videos

Aaron Russo: Freedom Fighter

You changed America with your presence, you have awoken millions to the truth, we will finish the game.

Aaron Russo: Mad As Hell

Russo became involved in politics in the early 1990s when he produced and starred in a video entitled Mad As Hell in which he criticized NAFTA, The War on Drugs, the concept of a National Identity Card, and government regulation of alternative medicine.

America: Freedom to Fascism

Through interviews with US Congressmen, a former IRS Commissioner, former IRS and FBI agents, tax attorneys and authors, Russo connects the dots between money creation, federal income tax, voter fraud, the national identity card (becoming law in May 2008) and the implementation of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track citizens.  A striking case about the evolving police state in America.

Aaron Russo's Last Recorded Video Interview

Aaron Russo joins Alex Jones for a fascinating sit-down in depth video interview on a plethora of important subjects.  Aaron begins by describing how the draconian and mafia tactics of Chicago police woke him up to the fact that America wasn't free after his nightclub was routinely raided and he was forced to pay protection money.

Aaron and Alex then cover a broad range of topics including the private run for profit federal reserve, Aaron's experience in the late 80's with the IRS when they retroactively passed laws to punish silver and gold traders, the real meaning of the word "democracy," what really happened on 9/11 and Aaron's relationship with Nick Rockefeller, who personally tried to recruit him on behalf of the CFR.  Aaron also relates how Rockefeller told him that the elite created women's liberation to destroy the family and how they want to ultimately microchip and control the entire population.  Rockefeller also told before 9/11 Russo that an unexpected "event" would catalyze the U.S. to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.

Aaron Russo' Official Websites

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Mini Biography

Although he never went beyond secondary school, Aaron Russo became a millionaire in show business.  He managed the Kinetic Playground in Chicago in the late 1960s where he booked The Who, Jefferson Airplane and other popular bands of the day.  For seven years, Russo managed Bette Midler.  In 1979, he produced "The Rose" which gave Midler her first starring role.  After producing a string of films and directing "Rude Awakening."  Russo turned to blending radical politics with entertainment.

He tried to sell a pilot for a television show called "Aaron Russo's Mad As Hell" in the early 1990s.  When he was unsuccessful in selling the controversial program to networks, he began selling the pilot as a video in 1996.  In 1994 he tried to start a political party called the Constitution Party.  In 1998, however, he ran for the Republican party nomination for governor of the state of Nevada. (He lost.)  In 2000, he supported the Libertarian party.

Written By:  Miles Fowler


Aaron Russo was a nominee for the Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 2004.  When Michael Badnarik instead won the candidacy for the party, Russo offered to produce television ads for him.





Miscellaneous Crew

  • Teachers  (1984) (Soundtrack Album Producer)



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"There are no boundaries one must adhere to when preserving one's liberty."  ~  Aaron Russo

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