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Also Known As: Timothy Darrell Russ Died:
Born: June 22, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United States Profession: actor, singer, screenwriter, musician

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Youthful, sober-looking African-American character player whose childhood experiences as an "Air Force brat" may have contributed to the authority of his many subsequent portrayals of FBI agents, security guards, soldiers and others with serious work to do. With his steely eyes, large full-lipped mouth and narrow face, Russ looks much younger than his years. While he has divided his time fairly evenly between stage, film and TV, many of his most memorable roles have been in the latter medium. Russ was the hip computer whiz who kept the high-tech truck running on the short-lived adventure series "The Highwayman" (NBC, 1988). He was also the annoying alter-ego who resided in the answering machine of imaginative cartoonist Jeffrey Jones in the Wes Craven-produced fantasy sitcom "The People Next Door" (CBS, 1989). Russ has many TV guest shots to his credit on series including "Melrose Place", "Murphy Brown", "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Living Single". He has also been very active on the California stage.

Youthful, sober-looking African-American character player whose childhood experiences as an "Air Force brat" may have contributed to the authority of his many subsequent portrayals of FBI agents, security guards, soldiers and others with serious work to do. With his steely eyes, large full-lipped mouth and narrow face, Russ looks much younger than his years. While he has divided his time fairly evenly between stage, film and TV, many of his most memorable roles have been in the latter medium. Russ was the hip computer whiz who kept the high-tech truck running on the short-lived adventure series "The Highwayman" (NBC, 1988). He was also the annoying alter-ego who resided in the answering machine of imaginative cartoonist Jeffrey Jones in the Wes Craven-produced fantasy sitcom "The People Next Door" (CBS, 1989). Russ has many TV guest shots to his credit on series including "Melrose Place", "Murphy Brown", "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Living Single". He has also been very active on the California stage.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Oh in Ohio, The (2006)
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 Bitter Vengeance (1994) Lieutenant James
7.
 Dead Connection (1994) Det Chuck Rowland
8.
 Star Trek: Generations (1994) Lieutenant
10.
 Mr. Saturday Night (1992) A.D.
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised on military bases around the world
1977:
Acting debut in a PBS "Masterpiece Theater" production
1985:
Appeared in first film, "Fire With Fire" (released after "Crossroads")
1986:
First released film, playing blues legend Robert Johnson in Walter Hill's "Crossroads"
1986:
TV-movie debut in the Wes Craven directed, "Casebusters" (aired as "Disney Sunday Movie" on ABC)
1986:
Played the role of Marty in the LA production of "Dreamgirls" at the Shubert Theater
1987:
Debut as a TV series regular, played DC Montana, a hip electronics whiz on the NBC action adventure, "The Highwayman"
1988:
Cast in a small role in the ABC miniseries, "Roots: The Movie"
1989:
Had a recurring role as Answering Machine Guy on the CBS sitcom, "The People Next Door"; produced by Wes Craven
1991:
Portrayed Navy Corpsman Julian Crumes in the ABC docudrama, "The Heroes of Desert Storm"
1993:
Did a guest shot on the syndicated "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as a terrorist
1993:
Appeared in the recurring role of T'Kar, a Klingon mercenary, on the syndicated TV series, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"
1994:
Portrayed the tactical officer in the opening scenes of the feature, "Star Trek: Generations"
1995:
Cast as the Vulcan Tactical Officer Tuvok on UPN's "Star Trek: Voyager"; directed episode "Living Witness" (1998)
1997:
Produced and co-wrote "East of Hope Street" with director Nate Thomas; also acted
2007:
Cast as Principal Ted Franklin in Nickelodeon's "iCarly"
2007:
Played the recurring role of Frank, a sarcastic doorman in the ABC comedy, "Samantha Who?"
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Education

St. Edward's University: Austin , Texas -
Rome Academy: Rome , New York - 1974

Notes

His official web site is at timrusspages.com

Russ scripted a public service announcement entitled "The Zone" which won the Sony Innovators Award.

An accomplished guitarist and vocalist, Russ has performed in a number of bands and musical stage productions. He made his feature debut playing guitar as legendary blues singer-guitarist Robert Johnson in the 1930s-set opening sequence in Walter Hill's "Crossroads" (1986).

Family close complete family listing

sister:
Angela Russ. Younger.
brother:
Michael Russ. Younger.
daughter:
Madison Russ. Born c. 1998.

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