Fred Durst is a musician and film director from Jacksonville, Florida. Durst was born in Gastonia, North Carolina and spent his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. Durst played in a number of local bands in Florida while mowing lawns, being a record exec and working as a tattoo artist for financial support. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the multi-platinum rock band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he has released six studio albums.
Since 2006, Fred Durst has also become known for his work in independent films. He costarred in the film Population 436, and made his directorial debut in 2007 with the film The Education of Charlie Banks. Durst directed a second film, The Longshots, in 2008. Durst has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader (#71).
While Limp Bizkit was on hiatus, Fred Durst began working in independent films, earning higher acclaim for his film work than his music. In 2006, Durst costarred in the film Population 436. His directorial debut, The Education of Charlie Banks was released the following year. The film, which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Chris Marquette and Jason Ritter, received mixed reviews; Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggravate, assigned the film a “Tomatometer” score of 46%. The website’s consensus stated, “Unevenness and earnestness mire this otherwise sweet, surprising coming of age drama.”
A second directorial effort, The Longshots, starring Ice Cube and Keke Palmer, was released in 2008. Rotten Tomatoes assigned the film a score of 39%, with the consensus indicating that the film was “a largely formulaic affair, rarely deviating from the inspirational sports movie playbook.” The same year, Durst appeared as the bartender in the adjoining House, M.D. episodes “House’s Head” and “Wilson’s Heart”. Fred Durst was originally attached to direct and produce the film Pawn Shop Chronicles, starring Paul Walker. Coproducer Jordan Schur described the film as “a hillbilly Pulp Fiction”. However, Wayne Kramer was later chosen to direct the film.
How Fred Durst Made His Money – Music and Film
Estimated Net Worth: $15 Million
Birthday: August 20, 1970
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