Russell Simpson


Biography

Russell Simpson was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Early on in his acting career, Simpson landed roles in various films, including "Blue Jeans" (1918), "Circus Days" (1923) and "Ship of Souls" (1926). He also appeared in "Now We're in the Air" (1927), "The First Auto" (1927) and "Annie Laurie" (1927) with Lillian Gish. He kept working in film throughout the thirtie...

Biography

Russell Simpson was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Early on in his acting career, Simpson landed roles in various films, including "Blue Jeans" (1918), "Circus Days" (1923) and "Ship of Souls" (1926). He also appeared in "Now We're in the Air" (1927), "The First Auto" (1927) and "Annie Laurie" (1927) with Lillian Gish. He kept working in film throughout the thirties, starring in the George O'Brien western "Frontier Marshal" (1934), the Richard Dix western "West of the Pecos" (1934) and the drama "The World Moves On" (1934) with Madeleine Carroll. He also appeared in the Norman Foster drama "The Hoosier Schoolmaster" (1935). Toward the end of his career, he continued to act in "Tennessee Johnson" (1942), "The Spoilers" (1942) with Marlene Dietrich and the Joe E Brown comedy "Shut My Big Mouth" (1942). He also appeared in "The Woman of the Town" (1943) and the western "Border Patrol" (1943) with Andy Clyde. Simpson last acted in "The Horse Soldiers" (1959). Simpson passed away in December 1959 at the age of 82.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Sheriff Goodbody
The Lonely Man (1957)
Poker player
The Tin Star (1957)
Clem Hall
The Lone Ranger (1956)
Kimberly's father
These Wilder Years (1956)
Farmer
The Brass Legend (1956)
Pop Jackson
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Elder
The Last Command (1955)
The parson
The Tall Men (1955)
Emigrant
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Mr. [Fred] Bixby
Broken Lance (1954)
Judge
Gypsy Colt (1954)
Mr. Minter
The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
Dr. Lake
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)
Clem Johnson
Meet Me at the Fair (1952)
Sheriff Evans
Feudin' Fools (1952)
Grandpa Smith
Lone Star (1952)
[Senator] Maynard Cole
Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
Hoback
Comin' Round the Mountain (1951)
Judge
The Outriders (1950)
Farmer
Wagon Master (1950)
Adam Perkins
Call of the Klondike (1950)
Andrew McKay
Saddle Tramp (1950)
Pop
Free for All (1949)
Farmer
The Gal Who Took the West (1949)
Bartender as old timer
Tuna Clipper (1949)
Fergus
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
Grandpa
Tap Roots (1948)
["Big"] Sam Dabney
Albuquerque (1948)
Steve Huggins
Coroner Creek (1948)
Walt Hardison
Sundown in Santa Fe (1948)
Sheriff Jim Wyatt
The Untamed Breed (1948)
Minister
Joan of Arc (1948)
Old man with pipe
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)
Dan Yeary
Bowery Buckaroos (1947)
Luke Barlow
The Fabulous Texan (1947)
Wade Clayton
The Millerson Case (1947)
Squire Tuttle
Bad Bascomb (1946)
Elijah Walker
Death Valley (1946)
Silas Bagley
My Darling Clementine (1946)
John Simpson
My Dog Shep (1946)
Matt Hodgkins
California Gold Rush (1946)
Colonel Parker
Lady Luck (1946)
Daniel Boone
Roughly Speaking (1945)
Colonel
Along Came Jones (1945)
Pop De Longpre
They Were Expendable (1945)
"Dad" Knowland
Incendiary Blonde (1945)
Jenkins
Man from Frisco (1944)
Dr. Hershey
The Big Bonanza (1944)
Adam Parker
Texas Masquerade (1944)
J. K. Trimble
Tall in the Saddle (1944)
Pop Fossler
Moonlight in Vermont (1943)
Uncle Rufus [Harding]
Border Patrol (1943)
Orestes Krebs
The Woman of the Town (1943)
Sime
The Kansan (1943)
Townsman
Riding High (1943)
Frenchy McGuire
Nazi Agent (1942)
Captain
Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942)
[Ned] Nolan
The Spoilers (1942)
Flapjack [Sims]
Shut My Big Mouth (1942)
Mayor Potter
The Lone Star Ranger (1942)
Tom Duane
Tennessee Johnson (1942)
Kirby
This Time for Keeps (1942)
Man in street
Tobacco Road (1941)
Chief of police
Swamp Water (1941)
Marty McCord
Last of the Duanes (1941)
Tom Duane
Bad Men of Missouri (1941)
Hank Younger
Wild Geese Calling (1941)
Len Baker
Citadel of Crime (1941)
Jess Meekins
Three Faces West (1940)
Minister
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Pa Joad
Virginia City (1940)
Gaylord
Wyoming (1940)
Bronson
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Shubel Morgan
Geronimo (1940)
Third scout
Brigham Young--Frontiersman (1940)
Major
Desperate Trails (1939)
Big Bill Tanner
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Dr. Petry
Texas Stampede (1939)
Cameron
Western Caravans (1939)
Winchester Thompson
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Woolridge
Dodge City (1939)
Orth
The Arizona Wildcat (1939)
Rancher
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Allen
The Sisters (1938)
First sailor
Heart of the North (1938)
Dave MacMillan
Valley of the Giants (1938)
McKenzie
Outside the Law (1938)
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
McKenzie
The Girl of the Golden West (1938)
Pioneer, in Prologue
Maid of Salem (1937)
Village marshal
Green Light (1937)
Sheep man
Mountain Justice (1937)
Mr. Turnbull
Paradise Isle (1937)
Baxter
That I May Live (1937)
Bish Plivens
Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937)
Bayliss Baynum
Parnell (1937)
Father
Man Hunt (1936)
Jeff Parkington
The Harvester (1936)
Abner Prewett
The Crime of Dr. Forbes (1936)
Sheriff Neil
Paddy O'Day (1936)
Benton
Girl of the Ozarks (1936)
Bascomb Rogers
Ramona (1936)
Scroggs
San Francisco (1936)
"Red" Kelly
Back to Nature (1936)
Sheriff
West of the Pecos (1935)
[Roy] Neal
The County Chairman (1935)
Vance Jimmison
The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1935)
Doc Small
Way Down East (1935)
Squire [Amasa] Bartlett
Motive for Revenge (1935)
McAllister
The World Moves On (1934)
Notary
Frontier Marshal (1934)
Editor Pickett
Carolina (1934)
Richards
3 on a Honeymoon (1934)
Ezra MacDuff
Ever Since Eve (1934)
Jim Wood
Sixteen Fathoms Deep (1934)
A. B. Crockett
Face in the Sky (1933)
Pa [Nathan] Brown
The Power and the Glory (1933)
Teacher
Hello, Everybody! (1933)
Horton
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Lena Rivers (1932)
Grandfather Nichols
Hello Trouble (1932)
Jonathan Kenyon
Call Her Savage (1932)
Old man in wagon train
Cabin in the Cotton (1932)
Uncle Joe
Law and Order (1932)
[Circuit] Judge [R. W.] Williams
Silver Dollar (1932)
Hamlin
The Riding Tornado (1932)
The sheriff
Flames (1932)
Jake
Born to Fight (1932)
Jackson
Honor of the Press (1932)
Dan Perkins
Riding for Justice (1932)
Marshal Joseph Slyde
The Famous Ferguson Case (1932)
Craig
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931)
Doctor
The Great Meadow (1931)
Thomas Hall
Call of the Rockies (1931)
Gunner Bill
Alexander Hamilton (1931)
First ex-soldier
Abraham Lincoln (1930)
Lincoln's employer
Man to Man (1930)
Uncle Cal
The Lone Star Ranger (1930)
Colonel Aldridge
Billy the Kid (1930)
McSween
The Trail of '98 (1929)
Old Swede
Noisy Neighbors (1929)
Ebenezer
After the Fog (1929)
Joshua Barker
The Kid's Clever (1929)
John Decker
Innocents of Paris (1929)
Émile Leval
My Lady's Past (1929)
John Parker
The Sap (1929)
The Banker
Tropical Nights (1928)
Singapore Joe
The Bushranger (1928)
Sir Eric
Life's Mockery (1928)
Wolf Miller
Annie Laurie (1927)
Sandy
Old Shoes (1927)
The Heart of the Yukon (1927)
"Cash" Gynon
Wild Geese (1927)
Caleb Gare
God's Great Wilderness (1927)
Richard Stoner
Now We're in the Air (1927)
Lord Abercrombie McTavish
The First Auto (1927)
Hank Armstrong
The Frontiersman (1927)
Andrew Jackson
Lovey Mary (1926)
Stubbins
Rustling for Cupid (1926)
Hank Blatchford
The Earth Woman (1926)
Ezra Tilden, shiftless "head of the family"
The Social Highwayman (1926)
The Mayor's partner
Thunder Mountain (1925)
Si Pace
The Re-creation of Brian Kent (1925)
Jap Taylor
Paint and Powder (1925)
Riley
The Splendid Road (1925)
Captain Lightfoot
Faint Perfume (1925)
Grandpa Crumb
Why Women Love (1925)
Silas Martin, lighthouse keeper
Ship of Souls (1925)
Angus Garth
Beauty and the Bad Man (1925)
Chuckwalla Bill
Painted People (1924)
Fred Lane
The Narrow Street (1924)
Garvey
Defying Destiny (1923)
Mr. Wilkens
Hearts Aflame (1923)
Black Joe
The Rip-Tide (1923)
The Maharajah
The Huntress (1923)
Big Jack Skinner
Circus Days (1923)
Eben Holt
The Girl of the Golden West (1923)
Jack Rance
The Virginian (1923)
Trampas
Human Hearts (1922)
Paul Logan
Across the Dead-Line (1922)
Enoch Kidder
Fools of Fortune (1922)
Magpie Simpkins
When Love Is Young (1922)
The Kingdom Within (1922)
Caleb Deming
Peg o' My Heart (1922)
Jim O'Connell
Rags to Riches (1922)
The sheriff
Snowblind (1921)
Hugh Garth
Shadows of Conscience (1921)
Jim Logan
Bunty Pulls the Strings (1921)
Tammas Biggar
Under the Lash (1921)
Simeon Krillet
Lahoma (1920)
"Brick" Willock
The Deadlier Sex (1920)
Jim Willis
Out of the Dust (1920)
Captain John Evans, U.S. A.
Godless Men (1920)
"Black" Pawl
Fighting Cressy (1920)
Hiram McKinstry
The Branding Iron (1920)
John Carver
Desert Gold (1919)
Ladd
The Blue Bandanna (1919)
Jim Yancy
Bill Apperson's Boy (1919)
Bill Apperson
The Brand (1919)
Dan McGill
The Fighting Roosevelts (1919)
Oh, Johnny! (1918)
Adele's father
The Uphill Path (1918)
James Lawton
The Border Legion (1918)
Overland Bradley
The Challenge Accepted (1918)
Uncle Zeke Sawyer
A Weaver of Dreams (1918)
Martin Chandler
Riders of the Night (1918)
Sally's grandfather
Breakers Ahead (1918)
Captain Scudder
Blue Jeans (1917)
Jacob Tutwiler
The Barrier (1917)
John Gaylord/John Gale
Salt of the Earth (1917)
Sinful John
The Food Gamblers (1917)
Samuel Sloane
The Feud Girl (1916)
Zeb Bassett
Lovely Mary (1916)
Peter Nelson
The Old Homestead (1915)
Sheriff

Cast (Short)

A Boy and His Dog (1946)
Roaring Guns (1944)
The Bill of Rights (1939)

Life Events

Photo Collections

Wagon Master - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from John Ford's Wagon Master (1950), starring Ward Bond.

Videos

Movie Clip

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) - Yessiree Bob In his first piece of lawyering, Abe (Henry Fonda) settles a dispute between clients Hawthorne (Charles Halton) and Woolridge (Russell Simpson), in John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln, 1939.
Spoilers, The (1942) - You Disappointed Corpse, You! Nome, Alaska, 1900, with escort Bronco (Richard Barthelmess), saloon owner Cherry (Marlene Dietrich) meets boyfriend Roy (John Wayne) at the boat, not expecting pretty Helen (Margaret Lindsay) with her uncle the judge (Harry Carey), as clowny miners Flapjack and Banty (Russell Simpson, George Cleveland) get into trouble, in The Spoilers, 1942, from a Rex Beach novel.
Gypsy Colt (1954) - Gypsy's Been Sold Meg (Donna Corcoran) is alarmed when the title-horse Gypsy doesn’t show up to meet her after school, returning home to find out what her struggling rancher parents (Ward Bond, Frances Dee) couldn’t bring themselves to tell her, in MGM’s Gypsy Colt, 1954.
Gypsy Colt (1954) - Like Selling A Member Of The Family Opening MGM’s very family drama, local denizens are impressed that the horse from the title is so devoted to top-billed Donna Corcoran as Meg, her parents back home (Ward Bond, Frances Dee) considering how to break some bad news, in Gypsy Colt, 1954, from a story by Lassie author Eric Knight.
Grapes Of Wrath, The (1940) - Two For A Penny Reaching a filling station in New Mexico, Tom (Henry Fonda) getting gas while Pa (Russell Simpson) negotiates with a waitress (Kitty McHugh) for a loaf of bread, young Winfield and Ruth (Darryl Hickman, Shirley Mills) benefiting, in John Ford's The Grapes Of Wrath, 1940.
Grapes Of Wrath, The (1940) - Can't Keep A Joad In Jail Paroled Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) finally finds his family, Grandma and Grandpa (Zeffie Tilbury, Charley Grapewin) tangling, Pa (Russell Simpson) suggesting California, Ma (Jane Darwell) the first to notice, camera by Gregg Toland, in John Ford's The Grapes Of Wrath, 1940, from the Steinbeck novel.
Swamp Water (1941) - You Little Fightin' Cat Dana Andrews is backwoods Georgia teen Ben, planning to enter the Okefenokee to find his dog, at the general store with locals including Eugene Pallette, Russell Simpson, Ward Bond, Guinn Williams and Anne Baxter, as the rather wild young ward of the owner, Jean Renoir directing, in Swamp Water, 1941.
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) - These Men Won't Wait Long Gentleman California farmer Col. Ferris (Claude Rains) chairs the meeting, trying to calm furious farmers who want to take direct action against gold mining operations that have ruined their lands, Russell Simpson as weary Mac, in 1870’s California, in MGM’s Gold Is Where You Find It, 1938.
Tall In The Saddle (1944) - That Queen Is Dead One of the finer Western poker scenes, Edwin L. Marin directing, stranger Rocklin (John Wayne) playing with local hotshot Clint (Russell Wade) who seems unclear on the customs regarding a flipped card, Ward Bond, Cy Kendall, Russell Simpson et all observing, in Tall In The Saddle, 1944.
Horse Soldiers, The (1959) - Sense of Justice Showcase for Confederate deserters (Denver Pyle and Strother Martin) whom Colonel Marlowe (John Wayne) uses and abuses, impressing Miss Hannah (Constance Towers) and Kendall (William Holden) in John Ford's The Horse Soldiers, 1959.

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