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Russ Tamblyn

Highest Rated:   100% How the West Was Won (1963)
Lowest Rated:   43% The Last Movie (1971)
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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).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Human Highway
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet West Side Story: A Summer Of Musicals
  • Actor
2013
88% Django Unchained
  • Son of a Gunfighter
$162.9M 2012
No Score Yet Tcm Presents West Side Story
  • Actor
2011
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 Necromancer
  • Charles DeLonge
1988
No Score Yet B.O.R.N.
  • Hugh
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
43% The Last Movie
  • In Gang
1971
No Score Yet Dracula vs. Frankenstein
  • Rico
1971
No Score Yet War of the Gargantuas
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Satan's Sadists
  • Anchor
1969
No Score Yet Furankenshutain no kaijû: Sanda tai Gaira (The War of the Gargantuas)
  • Dr. Paul Stewart
1967
No Score Yet Son of a Gunfighter
  • Johnny Ketchum
1966
50% The Long Ships
  • Orm
1964
86% The Haunting
  • Luke Sanderson
1963
100% 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
83% 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
50% Samson and Delilah
  • Saul
1949
75% The Boy with Green Hair
  • Student
1948

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
2010-2016
  • Chuck
  • 2016
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Capt. Jack Maynard
  • 1994
95% Twin Peaks
1990
  • Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
  • 1991
  • 1990

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