Bing Russell


Biography

Although he's better known as the father of Kurt Russell, Bing Russell had a long acting career of his own. Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1926, Bing had dreams of becoming an actor from a young age. He studied drama at Brattleboro Middletown High School, and made many television appearances in small parts early in his career. In 1961 he scored the role he is most remembered for, Deput...

Biography

Although he's better known as the father of Kurt Russell, Bing Russell had a long acting career of his own. Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1926, Bing had dreams of becoming an actor from a young age. He studied drama at Brattleboro Middletown High School, and made many television appearances in small parts early in his career. In 1961 he scored the role he is most remembered for, Deputy Clem Foster on the long-running Western series "Bonanza." He appeared in over 50 episodes on the show, while also making appearances on other frontier staples--"Gunsmoke" and "The Virginian"--as well as the undercover cop show "The Mod Squad." In 1979, Russell took the role of the elder Vernon Presley alongside his son Kurt, who played the King of Rock 'N' Roll in the TV movie "Elvis." Outside the acting arena, Russell made a name for himself as the owner of the Portland Mavericks minor-league baseball team.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Dick Tracy (1990)
Tango & Cash (1989)
Sunset (1988)
Overboard (1987)
Elvis (1979)
The Loneliest Runner (1976)
The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
A Cry in the Wilderness (1974)
Mr Griffey
The Sex Symbol (1974)
Death Sentence (1974)
Trooper
Set This Town on Fire (1973)
Satan's School For Girls (1973)
Sheriff
Runaway! (1973)
Fireman
Yuma (1971)
A Taste Of Evil (1971)
Sheriff
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1970)
Angelo
Journey to Shiloh (1968)
Greybeard
The Ride to Hangman's Tree (1967)
Keller
Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966)
Red Thorpe
Madame X (1966)
Sergeant Riley
The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
Horner, a miner
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Troopers
One Man's Way (1964)
Tom Rayburn
The Stripper (1963)
Mr. Mulvaney
Stakeout! (1962)
Joe
The Great Impostor (1961)
Morgan
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Robert
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
Skag
Good Day for a Hanging (1959)
George Fletcher
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Dunker
Cattle Empire (1958)
Douglas Hamilton
Suicide Battalion (1958)
Lt. Chet Hall
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Bartender
Beau James (1957)
Reporter
The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
Jayhawker sergeant
Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Ballplayer
Ride a Violent Mile (1957)
Norman
The Deadly Mantis (1957)
Trouper
Teen Age Thunder (1957)
Used car lot salesman
Bombers B-52 (1957)
Operator
Drango (1957)
Lieutenant
The Price of Fear (1956)
Maxie
Behind the High Wall (1956)
Guard
Tarantula (1955)
Deputy
Cult of the Cobra (1955)
Laundry man

Writer (Feature Film)

An Eye for an Eye (1966)
Screenwriter

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Moneychangers (1976)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Eye For An Eye, An (1966) - Cut Out That Damn Crying! First scene remarkable for its cruelty, Slim Pickens is Ike Slant, and he darn sure shoots a baby and burns a house around it, escaping with his cohorts before Robert Lansing (who shares top billing with Pickens and Gloria Talbott), as Talion, arrives too late, in the low cost Western An Eye For An Eye, 1966.
Eye For An Eye, An (1966) - Can You Shoot That Thing Straight? Talion (mostly TV star Robert Lansing) has just begun riding after the gang who killed his family, especially a guy named Slant, when he comes upon Patrick Wayne, in one of his first movies without his father John, as gunslinger Benny, with whom he may have a shared interest, in An Eye For An Eye, 1966.
Eye For An Eye, An (1966) - It's Been A Long Ride For-now allied seeking respectively revenge and bounty, Talion (Robert Lansing) and Benny (Patrick Wayne) have waited for the arrival of gang-leader Slant (Slim Pickens), who can’t resist more cruel taunting, leading to a shootout, in the Embassy Pictures Western An Eye For An Eye, 1966.
Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula - Looked Like A Wolf Did It Squeaky bat lurks as Betty (Melinda Plowman) snoozes, guest (Virginia Christine) guarding, then exposition with Billy (Chuck Courtney), who has more trouble with treacherous ranch hands (Bing Russell, Lennie Geer), in producer Carroll Case's hybrid programmer Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula, 1966.
Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula - Good Shootin' Billy! Heretofore docile Indians find one of their own killed by the vanished vampire (John Carradine), turn on the remaining stagecoach passengers, whose belongings introduce us to straight shootin' Billy (Chuck Courtney) and won-over Betty (Melinda Plowman), in producer Carroll Case's nutty Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula, 1966.

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