Russ Tamblyn

Highest Rated: 100% tom thumb (1958)
Birthday: Dec 30, 1934
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Tousle-haired juvenile actor Russ Tamblyn began taking up dancing and acrobatics at the age of six. Needing very little prodding from his parents, the eager Tamblyn embarked on his professional career in the late '40s, performing in radio and Los Angeles musical revues. His first "straight" acting assignment was opposite Lloyd Bridges in the 1947 play Stone Jungle. He entered films in 1948, then was given an "introducing" screen credit for his first starring role in The Kid From Cleveland (1949). Signed by MGM, the young actor changed his billing from Rusty to Russ when cast as an army trainee in 1953's Take the High Ground. Beginning with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Tamblyn became a popular musical star, playing the title role in Tom Thumb (1958) and co-starring as gang leader Riff in the Oscar-winning West Side Story (1961). He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as the teenaged swain of Allison McKenzie (Diane Varsi) in 1958's Peyton Place. By the late '60s, Tamblyn's career had waned, and he was accepting roles in such cheapjack exploitation flicks as Satan's Sadists (1970) and Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971). Russ Tamblyn stuck it out long enough to make a healthy comeback in the late '80s, notably in the role of psychiatrist Lawrence Jacoby on the cult-TV favorite Twin Peaks (1990).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet West Side Story Presented By TCM Actor 2018
No Score Yet Human Highway Screenwriter Actor 2015
No Score Yet West Side Story: A Summer Of Musicals Actor 2013
86% Django Unchained Son of a Gunfighter $162.9M 2012
92% Drive Doc $34.4M 2011
No Score Yet Greendale News Guy 2003
No Score Yet Little Miss Magic Brenden 1998
No Score Yet My Magic Dog Vito 1997
No Score Yet Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard Blackmoor 1997
No Score Yet Invisible Mom Dr. Woorter 1996
No Score Yet Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold Gas Attendant 1995
No Score Yet Glass Mountain Actor 1995
No Score Yet Wizards of the Demon Sword Ulric 1994
46% Cabin Boy Chocki 1994
No Score Yet Running Mates Usher 1992
No Score Yet Aftershock Hank Franklin 1989
No Score Yet Merchants of Death Actor 1988
No Score Yet Blood Screams Frank 1988
No Score Yet B.O.R.N. Hugh 1988
No Score Yet Necromancer Charles DeLonge 1988
No Score Yet Commando Squad Anchor 1987
No Score Yet Cyclone (uncredited) 1987
No Score Yet The Phantom Empire Bill 1986
No Score Yet The Fantasy Film World of George Pal Actor 1985
No Score Yet Human Highway Fred Kelly Screenwriter 1982
No Score Yet Black Heat Ziggy 1976
No Score Yet Win, Place or Steal Actor 1972
50% The Last Movie In Gang 1971
0% Dracula vs. Frankenstein Rico 1971
No Score Yet The War of the Gargantuas (Furankenshutain no kaijû: Sanda tai Gaira) Dr. Paul Stewart 1970
No Score Yet Satan's Sadists Anchor 1969
No Score Yet Son of a Gunfighter Johnny Ketchum 1966
50% The Long Ships Orm 1964
87% The Haunting Luke Sanderson 1963
90% How the West Was Won Reb Soldier 1963
No Score Yet Follow The Boys Actor 1963
No Score Yet The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm The Woodsman 1962
94% West Side Story Riff 1961
No Score Yet Cimarron The Kid 1960
100% tom thumb Tom Thumb 1958
70% High School Confidential Tony Baker 1958
60% Peyton Place Norman Page 1957
No Score Yet Don't Go Near the Water Ensign Tyson 1957
No Score Yet The Fastest Gun Alive Eric Doolittle 1956
86% Last Hunt Jimmy 1956
No Score Yet Many Rivers to Cross Shields 1955
67% Hit the Deck Danny 1955
No Score Yet Deep in My Heart Berrison Jr. 1954
88% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Gideon 1954
No Score Yet Take the High Ground Paul Jamison 1953
No Score Yet The Winning Team Willie Alexander 1952
No Score Yet Retreat, Hell! Jimmy W. McDermid 1952
No Score Yet As Young as You Feel Willie 1951
100% Father's Little Dividend Tommy Banks 1951
No Score Yet Captain Carey, U.S.A. Pietro 1950
97% Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) Bart Tare (age 14) 1950
93% Father of the Bride Tommy Banks 1950
57% Samson and Delilah Saul 1949
78% The Boy with Green Hair Student 1948


89% Twin Peaks
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
  • 2018
  • 1991
  • 1990
72% The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
  • 2016
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Talk
  • 2011
100% Joan of Arcadia
Dog Walker God
  • 2004
No Score Yet Babylon 5
Capt. Jack Maynard
  • 1994
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
Bert Glasserman
  • 1989
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Billy Waters Walters
  • 1965