Aaron Ruell Biography
|Birth Name||Derek Aaron Ruell|
|Birth Place/City||Fresno, California, United Statesvv|
|Profession||Director and photographer|
|Married to||Yuka Ruell|
|Education||Clovis West High School|
Born and raised in Fresno, California, Aaron Ruell is a well known American director and photographer. He gained worldwide fame following his significant role as socially awkward, Kipling "Kip'' Dynamite in the comedy film, Napoleon Dynamite. In 2005, he earned a Teen Choice nomination for his role Kip too.
Currently, Ruell resides in Pasadena, California with his wife Yuka Ruell.
Early Life And Education Of Aaron Ruell
Aaron Ruell was born Derek Aaron Ruell on June 23, 1976, in Fresno, California. He is American and belongs to the White-American ethnicity.
Ruell attended Clovis West High School. He worked as missionaries for Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) to Guatemala but is no longer active in LDS. He also studied film at Brigham Young University.
Aaron Ruell's Career
Aaron Ruell started his career as a photographer. Later, he enrolled in direction and made his directorial debut with a title sequence of Napoleon Dynamite in 2004.
Ruell directed the commercials for brands like T-Mobile, Nintendo, Coke, Burger King and many more. As a director, Ruell is represented by Biscuit Filmworks in Los Angeles.
Ruell also directed the most controversial ad showing the Amish drag race between two hay ball-carrying, horse-drawn carts. The cart carrying 10 bales of hay marched forward while the cart with 50 bales slacks behind. At the end of the ad it said, Powerade Option, a low-calorie sports drink. The ad was pulled out from the air due to a dispute between Coke(owns Powerade) and Pepsi(Gatorade) but at last, coke settled out of court.
Recently, Shoot Magazine declared him as one of the most promising new directors in the world of advertising and Creativity called him, "one of the emerging directors to know now".
Ruell was the only filmmaker whose both movies, Everything's Gone Green and Mary, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2004, Ruell made his acting debut with the movie Napoleon Dynamite where he played the role of Kipland Dynamite. He earned the Teen Choice nomination for his role.
Ruell starred in On the Road With Judas as New York businessman who led a double life as a computer thief. The movie premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, she was a cast in animated sitcom Napoleon Dynamite alongside Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin.
Aaron Ruell's Net Worth
Aaron Ruell is one of the successful commercial directors has played several major roles in both TV series and movies. As per celebrity net worth, he has an estimated net worth of $1 million as of 2018.
In 2004, his debut movie, Napoleon Dynamite grossed $46.1 million at the box office. The movie was considered as one of the successful movies of 2004 as its budget was only $400,000. The movie received 6.9 stars from IMDb.
Ruell is a popular photographer and his average salary is above $76k per annum. Similarly, he earned between $130k to $180k as a commercial director.
Aaron Ruell's Personal Life
Aaron Ruell is happily married to his girlfriend, Yuka Ruell. She is also an actress best known for her appearances in movies like Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Bad Boys II (2003) and Gentlemen Broncos (2009).
The duo tied the knot in an intimate ceremony which was held in the presence of their closed friends and families. As per some online sources, the duo first met on the set of Napoleon Dynamite but no official confirmation has come about it. To the date, the two do not share any child.
Currently, Ruell resides in Prasena, California along with his wife, Ruell.