Russell Mulcahy (born June 23, 1953) is a film director, born in Melbourne, Australia. His career began with making music videos.
The videos he directed include:
"Video Killed the Radio Star" for The Buggles, which was the first music video MTV ever aired "Hungry Like The Wolf", "Rio", "Save A Prayer", "The Wild Boys" and at least half a dozen other videos from Duran Duran's first four albums "I'm Still Standing" and a dozen more for Elton John "Total Eclipse of the Heart" for Bonnie Tyler. "Vienna", "The Thin Wall" and "The Voice" for Ultravox. "A Kind Of Magic", "Princes Of The Universe" for Queen. In 1986, he directed the classic cult movie Highlander, starring Christophe Lambert and featuring music from Queen. He later directed the sequel, Highlander II: The Quickening, but disowned it after the producers interfered with production. Reportedly he wanted to have his credit changed to Alan Smithee, but as he wasn't a member of the Directors Guild of America, he had no way of forcing the producers to change the credit. He eventually took the opportunity to restore his vision for the film - to some extent - with the DVD release of Highlander 2: The Renegade Version.