Aaron Ruell (born June 23, 1976) is an American actor who was born in Fresno, California, but grew up in Clovis, California. He is most noted for his performance as Kipland Ronald Dynamite (or Kip) in the indie movie Napoleon Dynamite.
Ruell is best known for playing the role of Kip Dynamite in the comedy, "Napoleon Dynamite." In 2007, he starred in On the Road With Judas,
which premiered in the Dramatic Competition section of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival
. Ruell played a successful New York businessman who led a double life as a computer thief.
Ruell is an accomplished commercial director and photographer. As a director he is represented by Biscuit Filmworks in Los Angeles. He was recently declared one of the most promising new directors in the world of advertising by Shoot
magazine, as well as, "one of the emerging directors to know now" by Creativity
. He has directed commercials for clients that range from T-Mobile to Burger King
He was the only filmmaker to have two films, Everything's Gone Green and Mary, which he wrote and directed, premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
As a photographer he shot the promotional photography for Napoleon Dynamite
, and designed the opening title sequence to the film. His photography has been seen in nearly every major publication and a book of his photography titled, "Some Photos," published by Nazraeli Press was released in December. He was recently awarded "Best Advertising" for his work with Citibank and "Best Website" in the 2007 PDN Annual.
Ruell studied film at Brigham Young University.
Ruell is married to Julia Ruell. She appeared briefly in Napoleon Dynamite
as Uncle Rico's girlfriend. She works in the film industry also, as an editor.
Awards & Nominations
Teen Choice Awards
- 2005: Nominated, "Choice Movie Rockstar Moment" - Napoleon Dynamite