November 15, 1948
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
April 22, 1998
Los Angeles, California, United States
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, 2nd unit director, Author
Jack Cummins, born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA and a graduate of the University of Iowa, began his film career in New York, serving as a unit manager on "The Groove Tube" and second assistant director for "Mean Streets" and "The Lords of Flatbush." After moving to Los Angeles in 1975, Cummins found a great deal of steady work as an assistant director and second unit director. His credits include "Airplane"(1980), "The Howling"(1980), "Runaway Train"(1985), "Breaking In"(1989) and "The Scout"(1994). He produced the cult hit "Reform School Girls" and co-produced "Highlander II"(1990), "The Addams Family"(1991) and "Amos and Andrew"(1993). Cummins worked on the film "Needful Things," both as producer and second assistant director. An occasional writer of screenplays and articles, he also directed short films for NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in the early 1980's and the anthology of Cummins' short films, entitled "Bloody Bottlecaps" premiered at FILMEX and is part of the permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art.