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Also Known As: Rusty Tamblyn, Russell Tamblyn, Rusty Tamblyn, Russell Tamblyn Died:
Born: December 30, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, dancer, screenwriter, artist, poet

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A boundlessly energetic presence in films for over five decades, Russ Tamblyn's extraordinary talent as a dancer was a key element to some of Hollywood's greatest musicals, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954) and "West Side Story" (1961). A juvenile performer from the age of 13, he played all-American kids in "Father of the Bride" and "Retreat, Hell!" (1952) before displaying his tremendous strength and agility in Michael Kidd's intense routines for "Seven Brides" (1954). He also fared well in straight dramatic roles, earning an Oscar nomination for "Peyton Place" (1957) before landing the role that largely defined his career: the devil-may-care Riff, leader of the Jets, in "West Side Story." Unfortunately, his time in the spotlight was short-lived, leaving Tamblyn to devote his energies to the fine arts while paying the bills in dreadful low-budget films. David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91) gave his profile a brief boost, but he preferred to manage the acting career of his daughter, Amber Tamblyn, as well as work on eclectic stage shows like Neil Young's "Greendale" tour than returning to the Hollywood scene. However, his best screen work kept his legacy in the public eye for...

A boundlessly energetic presence in films for over five decades, Russ Tamblyn's extraordinary talent as a dancer was a key element to some of Hollywood's greatest musicals, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954) and "West Side Story" (1961). A juvenile performer from the age of 13, he played all-American kids in "Father of the Bride" and "Retreat, Hell!" (1952) before displaying his tremendous strength and agility in Michael Kidd's intense routines for "Seven Brides" (1954). He also fared well in straight dramatic roles, earning an Oscar nomination for "Peyton Place" (1957) before landing the role that largely defined his career: the devil-may-care Riff, leader of the Jets, in "West Side Story." Unfortunately, his time in the spotlight was short-lived, leaving Tamblyn to devote his energies to the fine arts while paying the bills in dreadful low-budget films. David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91) gave his profile a brief boost, but he preferred to manage the acting career of his daughter, Amber Tamblyn, as well as work on eclectic stage shows like Neil Young's "Greendale" tour than returning to the Hollywood scene. However, his best screen work kept his legacy in the public eye for decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hits (2014)
2.
 Inherit the Wind (1999) Ed Morse
3.
 Johnny Mysto Boy Wizard (1998) Blackmoor
4.
 Invisible Dad (1998)
5.
 My Magic Dog (1998) Vito
6.
 Invisible Mom (1996) Dr Wooter
8.
 Cabin Boy (1994) Chocki
9.
 Running Mates (1992) Frank Usher
10.
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Discovered at age ten by Lloyd Bridges
1945:
Landed stage debut at age ten in "Stone Jungle"
1948:
Made film debut in Joseph Losey's "The Boy With Green Hair," his first appearance with fellow child actor Dean Stockwell
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Made first TV appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" as a child
1954:
Demonstrated acrobatic dancing skills in his first musical Stanley Donen's "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers"
1956:
Cast in first film-starring role in "The Young Guns"
1957:
Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the popular melodrama "Peyton Place"
1961:
Co-starred as Riff in Robert Wise's hit musical "West Side Story"
1963:
Made last significant appearance in a major Hollywood release for three decades in Wise's "The Haunting"
1964:
Cast in last significant appearance in a big-budget release, the international co-production "The Long Ships" starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier
1970:
Starred in his first feature for exploitation producer-director Al Adamson, "Satan's Sadists"
1971:
Appeared briefly in Dennis Hopper's disastrous "The Last Movie"
1982:
Made feature screenwriting debut, co-writing with Neil Young, Dean Stockwell, Jeanne Fields and James Beshears in) "Human Highway"; directed by Young under a pseudonym (also acted)
1989:
Portrayed Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, a recurring character on the cult TV series "Twin Peaks"
1989:
Guest-starred on the sci-fi drama "Quantum Leap," co-starring Stockwell
1991:
Appeared as an interview subject on the Cinemax documentary "Dennis Hopper: Crazy About the Movies"
1992:
Made TV-movie debut on HBO romantic comedy "Running Mates"
2000:
Guest-starred on daytime series "General Hospital"
2004:
Landed a three-episode arc on CBS drama "Joan of Arcadia"
2010:
Appeared on the British series "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"
2011:
Acted opposite Ryan Gosling in the action film "Drive"
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Education

North Hollywood High School: North Hollywood , California -

Notes

Tamblyn has exhibited his artwork at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His work including poetry has been featured in international arts publications.

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wife:
Venetia Stevenson. Actor. Divorced; daughter of director Robert Stevenson and actor Anna Lee.
wife:
Elizabeth Kempton. Las Vegas showgirl. Married 1960; divorced.
wife:
Bonnie Tamblyn. Mother of Amber.

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father:
Edward Tamblyn. Actor.
mother:
Sally Tripplet. Actor.
daughter:
Amber Rose Tamblyn. Actor. Mother, Bonnie Tamblyn; appeared on ABC soap "General Hospital".

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